The Grove Prompt: Race

Do you feel like you don’t know how to talk about racial issues?

Do you not want to talk about racial issues because the tensions surrounding these issues are so high, so polarizing, and so politicized?

And yet does your not heart beat fiercely for these issues?

We know what it is to be the minority, the outsider, the foreigner. We keenly feel the lines that divide race. Sometimes we bear the privilege and sometimes the prejudice.

We see the racial injustices happening in our world. Fear and division ripple across the globe. Sometimes you feel so helpless, it’s easier to remain silent.

But we’re going to talk about it. This week we’re placing these issues in the middle of our table. We’re providing a safe place to talk and process among a group of like-hearted women. We’re going to talk freely and graciously. And we’re going to see where God takes us.

Join the discussion this week in the comments, on Instagram, and then at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST. Bring your blog posts to link up. We want to hear your experiences and your thoughts!

1 Comment

  1. Denise Armstrong February 11, 2017

    In my home country, Jamaica, people line up for hours, often having to return several days to apply for a US visa.Most may even already have relatives there. Jamaica has a dramatically high crime/ murder rate for such a tiny island ( between 3,000 – 5,000) and a desperately bad economy, with the JA dollar being at least 1/100th of the US dollar most of the time. Of course many get the visitor’s visa and disappear into America, never returning. Many surface as criminal offenders and are deported by the hundreds, as is reasonably required by the laws. I became American through marriage, though my first letter to my husband made it clear I was not looking for an American husband to ‘escape’, I loved my homeland, and was often offended by the immigration and naturalization process. All this to say, it is one of the jobs of the Federal Govt. to protect the nation’s borders, especially if their govts. are unwilling or unable to vet them.The Christian’s job is to care for the stranger already in our midst, or else go to them with the good news of the Gospel & Kingdom of God. These roles need not clash. Remember Israel’s experience with the Gibeonites? (Josh. 9:3-27), God had given instructions concerning boundaries and neighbors. Let’s pray for the refugees and gladly accommodate them, wherever we have opportunity. But the government bears the sword for a reason. (Rom.13:4-) Let’s not curse them. Let’s not be lawless. Denise Armstrong

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