Here at Velvet Ashes we don’t feel the need to address every hot topic or voice an opinion on the trending controversy of the week. It’s just not who we are.
We feel called to be a haven, a place of renewal.
I don’t think we can have an open and honest conversation about race this week without acknowledging the controversial issues that are currently swirling, namely the recent ban against seven nations from immigration into the U.S.
The issue feels so politicized that it’s hard to know how to have a conversation that actually does any good. But if there is any group of people that I’d like to process and discuss this with, it’s you.
Because even though we are a large group of diverse generations, political views, and passport countries, we all share a common bond – we know what it is to be the foreigner. And many of us live and serve among a race that is different than our own. This gives us a unique perspective.
We have a common bond, a unique perspective, and an environment of love and grace. With that foundation and with the theme of this week, I think we have the perfect opportunity to dig in and process together.
And why do we need to process this? Because it matters. Because when the world is having the largest refugee crisis in history and the world’s wealthiest nation attempts to close its borders (and the majority of the U.S. population is in favor of this), there are some serious issues going on.
Fear of “the other” is a powerful thing.
Before we go pointing fingers, let’s look inward to examine our own hearts…
- Has living amongst another people and culture revealed any prejudices in your own heart that you didn’t know were there?
- On days when you are frustrated or fearful, what statements have come into your head (and maybe out of your mouth) about other peoples?
- Have you noticed feelings of your own superiority when you serve those of other races?
Let’s talk about it…
- What are your thoughts on the U.S. ban on migration?
- How have people that you know been affected by this?
- What is the public opinion on this issue in the country where you live?
We can’t merely look inward and then talk circles around it. What can we actually DO? Let’s brainstorm…
- How do you handle conversations about this (and similar issues) with friends or family who believe differently than you do?
- How can we be agents of change to those who fear “the other,” who stereotype the unknown? What works and what doesn’t?
- What do you think we as Christians can and should do about the refugee crisis and racial tensions?
For those that are interested, here’s a compilation of Scriptures on God’s heart for the foreigner.
Ok, let’s dive in. Choose any questions from above and share in the comments. I’m looking forward to talking in the comments and am prayerful about where God will lead us.
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