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A Call to Engage. November 12, 2016

Filed under: Asian American Issues,Christianity,Faith and God Musings — lifeatwarpspeed @ 8:28 pm
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For those that know me in real life, I am an Asian American woman. I want to add my voice to what is happening because as Asian American voices are often too silent. I want to cut through the hyperbole and the media slant on what is happening out there.

I want to say there has been a very real uptick in racially charged incidents/interactions being experienced by people I do know who have personally sharing their personal pain and hurt. Incidents where they have been told to take their chink selves back to China, to go back to where you came from, we don’t want you here, to be made fun of by racist comments, and in one case actually being egged. There’s an Asian American church with swastikas and the word “die” carved on their doors. These incidents are real. They have happened. Now, many of these incidents are committed by children and teens which is disturbing because they are only repeating what is going on behind closed doors. There are some by adults like the egging. If anyone thinks I am talking about these things happening in flyover country, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, the incidents happened here in the Bay Area, in San Diego, in LA, and in Seattle.

I won’t say that this is a new thing either. I will recount a couple of incidents that happened in last couple of years. My son’s friend (Chinese) was told by another boy that I don’t like Chinese people because they are awful. Another of my son’s friends (Chinese/black) while standing next to my son was told by another boy that black people smell bad, and black people are bad. My son didn’t quite understand and was weeping because all he understood is that his friend was made to feel bad. These two boys went through a long period of time where they hated who they were because they got the message that somehow being Chinese or being black was bad. Think that this couldn’t possibly happen in Christian circles? Sorry to say that the first incident happened at a Christian home school group here in San Diego. The second incident happened at my own church. And there were no apologies by these families either.

I believe anyone who thinks that we live in a post-racial society just because we elected Obama is sadly mistaken. I actually may be in the minority among minorities about this, but I actually vastly prefer that these overt acts of racist behavior are happening because it shows what really lies beneath. It creates a place to have a discussion. There are opportunities for white people especially white Christians to speak up, intervene, listen and choose to do something. To me, I think that living in a bubble thinking that racism must not be there because these things don’t happen anymore is just not true. Thinking that racist attitudes and behaviors aren’t there because there haven’t been overt incidents in the past is false as well because the covert attitudes have always been there.

No, I don’t believe that the vast majority of white people are racist. I do believe that a lot of white people don’t realize how common these experiences are. I also don’t think the vast majority of white people realize that for a person of color, you live this every day. I also don’t think that there are enough Christians and conservatives calling it out and naming it. I am also naming another truth to my minority friends that minorities can also be racist against other minorities and yes, against white people. This happens all the time, but somehow minorities get a free pass on this all the time. However, in our politically and racially charged environment, only people of color are permitted to call other people of color to account.

When I was growing up in California, I have been pelted with dirt and rocks because I look Japanese on Pearl Harbor Day. I have been subject to “ching-chong Chinaman” type chants. I have had many use their fingers to pull down their eyelids to make squinty eyes at me. I actually have been hit and physically attacked in junior high. I have had other students flat out angry and pissed off at me when I won scholarships and awards. I lost friends (but were they really my friend?) who felt I got too many because I was Chinese, and it just wasn’t fair…that somehow I stole what was rightly theirs to have. I’ve been told to go home to where I came from even though my family has been here for 5 generations. My great great grandfather worked on the railroads. My great grandfather fought in WWII for the United States. I have had to live through being insulted and judged over and over because of the color of my skin. It happens. It’s my story. It’s my reality. It’s my life.

I am a Christian, Chinese-American and a conservative. I don’t care who you voted for because my belief is that people have reasons for their vote that have nothing to do with identity politics. It’s your freedom to choose. I don’t judge you for that nor do I want to be judged for who I choose to vote for. It’s not about Trump or Clinton. Conservatives too often allow discussion around racism to be dominated and driven by liberals. Liberals don’t own this. Remember, Republicans are the party of Lincoln. Nixon was the one to push the Civil Right Acts through Congress. This is part of our history and tradition. It doesn’t have to be the way it is now. We have a voice in this. I really don’t have a political agenda here. I just want to people to see that conservative does not equal racist or whatever other label. If you dismiss all conservatives as “other” and unworthy, then how is that any better? We are all individuals and should see each other that way. Isn’t that what we should do? Try to aspire to be like MLK Jr who said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

I am just speaking the truth to whoever has ears to listen. I recognize that I am raising my son in a world that is imperfect and flawed, but I do always have hope because the power of God can change the hearts of man. Sin and brokenness is part of humanity. Forgiveness is part of being a Christian. Justice for the powerless is also part of being a Christian. God can redeem anything. God can transform what is broken into wholeness. I believe that to my core. I also believe that if you are not part of the solution that you are part of the problem. So, choose today what you will do. Choose to engage. Choose to talk to your children. Choose to help your children to choose to speak out against injustice. They see more than you think that they do. Above all, pray.

L@WS

ETA: I am greatly encouraged by this call to prayer by my former home church.

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Pastor Ryan’s words reminded me of these wise words: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”      – Abraham Lincoln

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Fruits for Little Lamb Book App – Today only! March 27, 2012

Auracle HD – Fruits for Little Lamb for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

This is a really lovely story app for the iPad from Auryn Books that is adapted from Leslie Ann Clark’s devotional book by the same name. This book teaches young children about the fruits of the Spirit in such a gentle and heartwarming way. This app is free for download today. Normally, it is $1.99.

My most favorite feature of the app is the ability to personalize the audio. This is a wonderful inexpensive alternative to the more expensive hard copy recordable books for children.

Highly recommended for children 2 to 6.

L@WS

 

God and the Orange Tote Bag August 27, 2011

Filed under: Christianity,Faith and God Musings — lifeatwarpspeed @ 5:49 pm
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Of all the colors of the rainbow, orange is the one that you will never find in my closet or in my house. I was stuck wearing orange this and orange that in high school because our colors are orange and black. Literally Halloween year round. After I graduated, I swore I would never wear orange. Personally, I think orange is a pretty hard color to pull off. You either look really good in it or really bad.

If you see me these days, I usually have this tote bag with me. You will see it sitting in the hallway packed with M’s gear and ready to go any time. It is really hard to miss because it is really a bright orange that you can spot a mile away. You might be wondering what in the world would possess me to carry around a bag every day in a color I can’t stand.

I carry around this bag because it belonged to my mom. If you know me IRL, you know that my mom passed away in early June this year after battling lung cancer for over five years. This bag is the bag that she used during her last few years. It was the bag that she took when she went to see her doctors and had her surgeries and medical procedures. It was the bag that she always had with her when she did chemotherapy continuously for almost 3 years. It was an easy bag for her to use when it got harder to deal with zippers. She carried her Rice Krispy snacks, bottles of Ensure, medications and other necessities in her trusty orange tote.

This bag is precious to me now. Every time I pick it up, it is a visible and visceral reminder of my mom and who she was to me. It is a reminder to me of God’s ability to transform something I rejected into something precious. God taught me a serious life lesson in these past couple of months through this bag. I learned to love this bag despite its outward appearance because I can see something bigger than the orange color.

It illustrates in a very small way how God sees each of us. We see each other and judge each other by what we see on the surface. God’s love for each of us is precious and transformative. He doesn’t see what we see. He sees the totality of who we are. All the good things and yes, the bad and ugly things that we spend so much time hiding from each other with our preoccupation with money, status, beauty, clothes and other outward things. He sees to our souls and loves us anyways. His love transforms us into beautiful and precious children in His eyes.

L@WS

I found this poem online that someone wrote based on a series of verses about God’s unconditional love for us. I would give credit but there is no author listed. This is the God I know. He is not an abstract concept, but a very real presence in my life all the time. I am grateful everyday that my mom came to know Him and His unconditional love for her.

God’s Unconditional Love

You may not know Me, but I know everything about you…
Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up…
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways…
Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…
Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in My image…
Genesis 1:27

In Me you live and move and have your being…
Acts 17:28

For you are My offspring…
Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived
Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation…
Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in My book…
Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live…
Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made…
Psalm 139:15-16

I knit you together in your mother’s womb
Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born…
Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know Me…
John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love…
1 John 4:16

And it is My desire to lavish My love on you simply because you are My child and I am your Father…
1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could…
Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father…
Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from My hand…
James 1:17

For I am your Provider and I meet all your needs…
Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope…
Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love…
Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore…
Psalm 193:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing…
Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you…
Jeremiah 32:40

For you are My treasured possession….
Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you with all My heart and all My soul
Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things…
Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me…
Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart…
Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires…
Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine…
Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager…
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles…
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you…
Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to My heart…
Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes and will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth
Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my Son, Jesus…
John 17:23

For in Jesus, My love for you is revealed…
John 17:26

He is the exact representation of My being…
Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you…
Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins…
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled…
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression of My love for you…
1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love
Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my Son Jesus, you receive Me…
1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you from My love again…
Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen…
Luke 15:7

I have always been Father, and will always be Father…
Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is… Will you be My child?…
John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you…
Luke 15:11-32

 

 
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