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My Starting Transcultural Point

July 27, 2016
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Most times I feel like even mentioning the term “transcultural” I’ll spend so much time trying to explain the term, I’ve used up the mental capacity to be curious beyond that point. Over time I’ve had to learn this. So I’ve developed a new starting point to arouse the intellect of questioners as well as those on the outside listening in.

Anybody remember the Jewish temple setup? Now I admit this sounds awfully odd to start with one main dominant group in order to explain transculturalism, but indulge me a bit here. So, this temple was a massive structure divided off by walls. On these walls, there were signs of warning to the group able to read them. The outer section contained all the Gentiles, male and female. The next section contained Jewish women and children. The closest section to the insides contained Jewish men who were respected, educated, and religious. But the main section that mattered was the holy of Holies where the Jewish priests got to enter into.

From these divisions we find racism, classism, economic elitism, and the like. These were well-known to all in the society. Folks knew their place and didn’t seek to step outside their bounds.

Let me describe it a bit differently. Whenever discussing Whites in America, it’s automatic to speak of the rich class, middle class, lower class, redneck class, and trailer park class. From these labeled division, we find the same issues from the Jewish temple breakdown. Inheritant in both examples are what transculturalism seeks to eradicate in order to wholly erect in a more powerful, beautiful manner.

On the cross, Jesus by dying tore that temple down destroying all of its societally enforced demarcations. And ever since then, his actions have been ignored, questioned, or played down as not important. But this is where I choose to begin because it shows how in this 21st century we deal with variations of the same 1st century societal ills. However, one life-changing part gets left out the equation far too often. The Son of Man died to destroy the demarcations of man while saving the same men affected by it and the men effecting it.

Reread that last sentence until it begins to make sense.

Just maybe you’ll get insight into why I start here, and why I think you should too if you care to fight and risk for the very thing that Jesus died for.


Can You Hear Me Now?

July 12, 2016
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Since these recent deaths in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas, there’s plenty of social media action to take up any data plan that isn’t unlimited. And it’s got me wondering…are we listening to each other?

There are times we should weep. Times we should cry out. Times we gather together to pray. Times we repeat the gospel and all of its promises that are yes in Jesus to ourselves.

Then there’s times we listen. Listen without waiting for the urge to rebuttal. This is that James 2 type of listening. It takes humility and a keen awareness that we’re not always right nor righteousness. It takes understanding that truth lies in the person of Jesus. It takes realizing that sin prevents us from hearing one another.

This post is a short one as I write from our own errors and desires. Waiting to hear someone affirm me and what I think, or what I would like to hear, doesn’t help solve the issue. It’s not about me getting my way in a two-way communicational flow. It’s about me valuing the other person.

So can you hear me now can also be stated as am I listening to the other person. This art is stressed in marriages often, but rarely in relationships that deal with different ethnic groups. But I want to start it and encourage my readers to do the same. Because we can’t all be right about everything just because we’re emotional. And we can’t all disagree with others just because they’re not agreeing with us. The truth of the matter is there can be several right ways to view and handle this situation.

Can you hear me now?