Some friends shared this wonderful Christmas letter that they received from a friend of theirs this year. It conveys a beautiful message that should be spread around the world during this season of peace and joy. So please read it and pass it on…
Dear Family and Friends,
I’ve been thinking a lot about white privilege lately – those assumptions that I’ll be safe, have economic and educational security, essentially have all my needs met. I juxtapose that with the immigration reform debate, and wonder whether Jesus, as a brown skinned Palestinian, would be allowed entrance to our country today. “Bring me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses longing to be free” is no longer the mantra of our country. Rather we’ve slipped into a protective mode. Anyone whose presence might make us uncomfortable, who might stretch our understanding of who we are as a human community, is suspect and thus unwelcomed. There is, quite literally, no room in the inn of our country for those who aren’t like us.
So as I try to think about the deeper meanings of Christmas, of God putting on human flesh to express a love beyond telling, I’m puzzled that a nation that claims to be Christian where “there is no Greek or Jew, no slave or free, no woman or man”, only beings made in God’s image and likeness has been so taken by fear of other images of God. What makes someone “other” than us? In whose image do we think “they” have been made? Studies indicate that our trust of one another is at an all time low. How can the power of Love bring light into our shadowed thinking?
My prayer for all of us in 2014 is that we allow God to stretch our hearts and our minds so that we get a glimpse of God’s image in all of our brothers and sisters, regardless of race or creed, so that the Christ who came “that all may be one” continues to be born anew through us.
May you experience abundant blessings throughout 2014 and beyond.