We don’t need to close ourselves off from the world in order to maintain the status of “Christian country.” It’s a myth that we are anyways. Both the Bill of Rights and my general Christian conscience motivates me to welcome Muslims, Hindus, atheists and anyone else wanting freedom and a place to grow and raise their family. I’m not a religious pluralist. I think Jesus is the only way to get to God but I’m not afraid of changing demographics. The gospel stands up in a pluralistic society so let’s welcome those who are religiously different. I trust the power … Continue reading The Gift of Asylum Seekers to the Church
New Zealand experienced its worst terrorist attack in history as Muslims attended Friday prayers in Christchurch NZ with over 49 killed by a gunman and accomplices. How should the church respond? Romans 12:15 tells us we should mourn. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” The life of a Christian is marked by a change. How we interact with God, neighbors, and self is affected as we meet Jesus and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, changing the heart of a Christian to be countercultural. Right now, there is a growing fear of the “other” across the US, Europe, and Australia which is an evil … Continue reading Calling the Church to Mourn for the Mosque
Politics is a dirty game. It is divisive usually, but now especially, so it is not surprising that I hear many of my fellow evangelical Christian slate off politics for the gospel. “I don’t do politics. I am a gospel person.” I can appreciate that. The gospel is the good news of Jesus for all people. I can see why it is attractive to be about Jesus over what feels like the most divisive parts to our society. I would say in large part, that describes me as well. I can hardly think of a friend of mine who is … Continue reading Why the Christian should care about public policy
How much have you considered where you were born and its impact on your life? My reflections started when I was young. We would visit poor villages in Mexico to visit family friends of my grandparents and mother or relatives of my aunts and uncles and my mom would lecture me before we went, “Christy, people are going to offer us hospitality and they will give you the best they have. You are to eat whatever they offer and say thank you. No complaining and no comments if it’s not what you are used to.” I didn’t understand words like … Continue reading Deserving my Citizenship: Reflections on grace and generosity
We need to sit down and have a family conversation America. Portland Oregon, December 22, as 2019 was fast arriving, another black man was racially profiled, had the police called on him, and he was shamefully kicked out of a Doubletree hotel he was staying at as a guest. His crime? Talking on the phone to his mother in the lobby while black. The US feels more divided than ever. When we say “Black Lives Matter,” people hear instead that we are against the police. When athletes take a knee in civil protest at a game to remind people of … Continue reading Again.
Fear is driving us apart as a country. Fear is leading to an increase in racially targetted hate crimes. Fear drove the massacre in Pittsburgh last week. Fear does not have to be our future. I have spent countless hours over coffees, dinners and in-person training and mobilizing churches, individuals, and Bible studies to welcome and do life with newly arrived refugees, offering friendship, giving the gift of time, English practice, a driving lesson or a ride to the grocery store. I realize it is not always comfortable to start a conversation with someone that is different than you. It … Continue reading Overcoming Fear
I got this mug in Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh. Since ending up back in Ohio, I find myself there a few times a year to salsa dance, often staying with my friend Becky and going to this coffee shop. Becky, my British scientist friend and I danced in the same circles in the UK together and rekindled our friendship after many years apart when we found we were in nearby US cities. We couldn’t be more different in many ways, but our love of dance and conversations about politics and our cross-cultural US/UK lives have given us much in common. … Continue reading Mourning