Sorry for the lack of posts lately! I’m grateful that through the magic of the inter-webs we have a voice that reaches beyond our little church here in NY. And I’m humbled that these silly posts can be enlightening and encouraging to anyone. God gives each of us special perspectives of His Grace and His work, so we all benefit when we learn from one another’s insights…
As a quick return (I can write for as long as Momo’s nap lasts…), I want to direct your attention to this interesting discussion on NPR about “Code Switching.” Along with this fun (and funny) follow up. I feel like all my white friends (who, except for those who are musicians, feel a little uncomfortable that I called them “white”) should read at leas the first article. Almost every non-white person in the U.S. does this to some degree… And at some point they’re judged negatively for it, so being the Jesus-people, you ought to be the ones who understand what’s going on.
For everyone else, growing up in more than one culture, we spend years trying to figure out what’s going on… Understanding a little from other people’s cultural navigations can help make sense of things sometimes. And even though it seems to be a great disadvantage to be bi-cultural, I think it’s a great blessing! Not because “cultures are so wonderful” or some silliness like that (although there’s some truth to that I guess), but because as you learn to do the cultural math (more than just code-shifting, but bending to other people’s cultural points of view), you can learn to speak Grace more clearly, and also learn from more diverse groups of people.
I believe Jesus brings all the world’s cultures together, the way only He can. So we never have to fear being an outsider, or fear other cultures… They’re all ours. God’s using them all for our blessing. I don’t think the world would be as rich if it weren’t for the Scottish, and Irish and British… And although the history of African Americans is filled with injustices that are so recent and so absurd that we don’t like to think about… our world today would not be recognizable without black culture, hip hop, the miracle that was the civil rights movement (it could have gone so very differently were it not for the Holy Spirit). And that’s not to mention anything about Latin American and Asian, and Middle Eastern cultures which will shape the world in the coming years. All these are YOUR cultures, all of them belong to you in some way, to learn from and take care of, to navigate, honor… because God is redeeming them, and He gives them to you for our blessing.