This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...
Dear Fellow Christians: It’s Time to Speak Up for Refugees
It is not wrong to be wise and cautious. And part of President Trump’s plan is, I think, wise. For example, his call for safe zones in affected areas is good policy. Yet I’m grieved by other parts of the policy.
You see, too much of the policy is driven by unfounded fear of refugees…
I deeply believe that this is a Kairos moment in which God is calling us to be the people He has called us to be in hard, but life-changing ways.
Banning is the Wrong Decision
If America bans refugees, it makes a statement to the world that we don’t want to make. It is the picture of someone who sits, arms crossed and turned away, with a raised eyebrow and a ready attack on the helpless, the homeless, the broken.
We must do better.
This is the Washington Post Column referenced in the above blog post…
Evangelicals, we cannot let alternative facts drive U.S. refugee policy –Ed Stetzer
As fear overcomes us, our ability to see facts clearly also dims. We need clear facts on the issue, not alternative erroneous ones, when it comes to refugees. “Alternative facts” can have incredibly harmful consequences for people made in the image of God who are seeking refuge from violence, oppression and poverty.
And, here’s an important fact: coming to the United States as a refugee would be one of the worst ways to try and get in our country if you wanted to do harm. There is simply no evidence that our refugee program has created a significant problem of terrorism. Anyone saying anything else is making up false facts.
I love this piece by Tim Fall…
I am not enamored of perfection –Tim Fall
We all stumble in many ways. (James 3:2.)
I am not enamored of perfection.
For me the off-centered, the imprecise, the slightly askew.
This is where people are found: among the stumbles, the trips and falls, the toe stubs and heel slips, the missed opportunities.
This is how life is lived, in the toe stubbing, heel slipping, stumbling trip and fall spaces that open up before you every day, the spaces where people give life a shot anyway. That’s where people live.
I am enamored of such people.
I am enamored of people who are off-centered, imprecise and slightly askew.
Which is everyone.
We slightly askew.
I am enamored of you.
Shared reality, diverse opinions –Seth Godin
We’re not having a lot of trouble with the “diverse opinions” part.
But they’re worthless without shared reality.
At a chess tournament, when the newcomer tries to move his rook diagonally, it’s not permitted. “Hey, that’s just your opinion,” is not a useful response. Because, after all, chess is defined by the rules of the game. If you want to play a different game, begin by getting people to agree to the new rules…
Make America Unified Again: 3 Social Divisions We Must Overcome –Bruce Ashford & Michael Graham
Can “We the people” honestly deal with our deep divisions “in order to form a more perfect union?” We can, and we must. But before we talk about how to deal with those divisions, we must be willing to recognize them for what they are. Some of those divisions—such as ideological, racial, and economic—have been apparent for years now, but there are at least three significant divides that were “off the radar” for many Americans until the 2016 election cycle put them on full display:
Rural vs. Cosmopolitan
Nationalist vs. Globalist
Warrior vs. Cultivator
(Click through to see what he means by these.)