We cannot compartmentalize the goings-on of American politics from the rest of our lives, including our faith, if we are to live “in but not of” the world.
Continuing to use the term “minorities” does nothing to challenge the systemic and institutional hierarchies borne of racism, unconscious bias, and White privilege. Instead, it allows existing power imbalances to persist.
You have a voice, one that nobody else can claim. Use it for good. The work will not be finished until Black lives matter—to all of us.
When I’m honest with myself, the main reason I’m so drawn to studying the Chinese Exclusion Act is that it’s my family’s story. It’s my story.
I’ve reached a point of acceptance with my PTSD. It affects me, yes, and on some days it’s worse than others. But it doesn’t define me, and the more I learn about it and myself, the less it controls me.
Our fundamental purpose in this life is to love God and make him known to all people. For some of us, this entails having children—extending love to them and raising up the next generation of believers. For some of us, God has given us other desires and other paths. Let’s recognize that parenthood is an extremely noble and wonderful calling, but not the paramount one or the only one worth pursuing.