Excerpt: Bridging racial divides requires love as the motivation

Here’s an excerpt from the Gathering’s Kathy Tuan-MacLean,
in her article “All For Love’s Sake“, in Christianity Today. 9/4/2020

Bonnie, a white woman in her late 20s, said, “I don’t understand why Jada has to make everything about race. Race is just not my issue.”

It was the summer of 1988. Jada, Bonnie, and I were working in the inner city with a multiracial team of students on InterVarsity’s Chicago Urban Project. Our team had just experienced an emotional explosion around race that left everyone walking on eggshells and some crying silently in back rooms.

I got why Bonnie, a white woman, would say that. Over the weeks, she’d confided experiencing sexual and emotional abuse. She had so much pain and needed so much healing that I could see why racial issues felt low on her priority list.

That lesson has shaped my multiethnic journey ever since. We do it because of love.

But in that moment the Holy Spirit prompted me. “Bonnie, you love Jada, right?”

“Of course I love her!” Bonnie exclaimed. Over the past seven weeks, our team had worked hard, played hard, learned hard. We’d lived together, struggled together, shared deep and difficult conversations together. There’s nothing more bonding than friends following Jesus together on mission.

“I know you love her,” I said, “and Jada’s biggest issue is race. As a black woman whose parents were civil rights activists, whose entire life has been shaped by race and racism, race is Jada’s issue. And if you love Jada, you will care about what hurts Jada. Not because it affects you, but because it affects Jada.” That lesson has shaped my multiethnic journey ever since. We do it because of love…

Read Kathy’s entire article at Christianity Today…