1. My "holy discontent" is division in the Body of Christ, period. Jesus has called me to the unity of His Body. Mainly I thought this had to do with denominations and I tried to tackle that… and God humbled me and taught me a much (that's another story.)
    But a few years ago I picked up a book by a black pastor written for white Christians trying to reach across the divide (I wish I could remember the name, I don't have it anymore.) And I realized that disunity in the Body of Christ has many, many different forms.

    Then my God called me to marry a man of another race (Indian) and move to another culture (India.)

    There are so many divisions between us, but God wants us to be ONE. John 17 is my favorite chapter in the Bible.

    Pleased to see you on fire about this. I'll go see if I can join you (though being so many hours different across the world, we'll see when it falls in my schedule! ha!)

  2. I'm so glad you are sharing your thoughts Rachel! This was really good!
    Jeremy and I talk about race a lot because of the school where he teaches and we are trying so hard to learn more about these kids and the disadvantage they are handed by others sometimes simply becaus of their race. It's so hard to see these sweet kids and how there seems to be an age where they begin to accept some of these things…..they shouldn't have to!! Jeremy always has an interesting perspective to add side he grew up in a country where he was int he minority and race didn't seem like such an issue. He talks about when he first came to Auburn and the white kids were sitting together in Foy and the black kids were sitting together, completely separated. He said it stopped him in his tracks and he and his brother looked at each other and said "I thought we learned about desegregation in the US". It was so segregated that they literally thought it was a rule. It took them some time to get used to it and they couldn't figure out where they belonged because all of their friends back home were black. He has helped me see things in a different way. I have SO much to learn and I'm so thankful that these conversations are now beginning to take place. Of course now with a brown baby of my own, I feel even more compelled to learn as fast as I can. I love Kristen H.'s quote in the first paragraph. I think as parents in interracial families, we have a duty (and delight) to be a voice in this conversation and hopefully that will be a bridge within our families and friends to help create a place for these conversations. Im like you, I think talking about it is key. Thank you for our post!

  3. I love the way you talk about your journey. It's a beautiful story…how you got where you are, with this issue burning in your heart. Thanks so much for joining the conversation — for Going There. Let's keep talking. 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    I think you start by asking yourself why the majority of people you pray with and play with are your own race…when you answer that question I believe you will see some things in your own heart maybe you didn't know was there…maybe even some prejudices. Work through all that and then you become intentional to change it (if in fact you are serious and really want this unity you talk about) Here is an example of being intentional…before our pastor planted the church, he told God that he would not pastor an "all" any race church and he wouldn't pastor a "majority" any race church…it would be equally diverse or not exist. Our family has been just as intentional..first of all we are a multi racial family and have been intentional in inviting and befriending people of all races to our home to fellowship with us. We are intentional in our choices of professionals (doctors, dentists, etc) that they not all be one race. Many have commented that a birthday party for one of our children looks like a meeting of United Nations. I just smile…because that was intentional. So yes you approach the black lady in the grocery store, at your child's school, around the block from your house and you say "may I buy you lunch?" Blessings to you!

  5. Anonymous

    Dear Anon,

    I know Rachel personally and I can assure you she does not have any hidden prejudice in her own heart. I know you are throwing thoughts out there but she has an intense love and passion for people, red and yellow, black and white.

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