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Xenophobia

A quiet dinner at a Chinese buffet was shattered by a foul-mouthed woman shouting racial slurs at eight Muslim women. The scary part? A restaurant full of patrons continued to eat their dinners without coming to the women’s defense. […] Read More

How should we react to the president’s racist tweets? Repeatedly, we discover Jesus combating myopic and hateful attitudes. Through words and actions, Jesus offers an example of how to conqueror bigotry, xenophobia and racism. […] Read More

Some of us admirably keep the greatest commandments – loving God and loving your neighbor – but most of us fail to do these Christian ethics. Loving your neighbor means more than being neighborly. It’s hard but not impossible. […] Read More

We’ll always have people who seek to exploit the fear of others to achieve their own agenda, but Scripture invites us to transform our fear of others to a love for others. […] Read More

White nationalism is a growing global phenomenon. In some countries, evangelicals have been accused of complicity. Here are 4 ways your church can take a stand against the rise of white nationalism. […] Read More

Many church folks fear or reject others who are different from them. Contrary to the gospel, this pull toward exclusiveness has been and continues to be a challenge for faith communities. […] Read More

Jesus’ opponents were fueled by the mindset of the Maccabees, who held contempt for foreigners, sought a return to an idealized past and were committed to violent revolution. Ring a bell? […] Read More

We all would acknowledge that recently our country has experienced a great deal of turmoil, pain and stress. What are we witnessing? A lack of civility in both discourse and behavior cuts across all strata of our society and extends even to the presidency itself. Prejudice and xenophobia threaten to become policy, in ways that […] Read More

Racism and xenophobia continue to have residual influence even after their overt expressions are rejected. This points to the power of deeply rooted assumptions in a culture of socially focused and limited privilege. Insights like those of Walter Rauschenbusch (“A Theology for the Social Gospel”) and Reinhold Niebuhr (“Moral Man and Immoral Society”) have pointed […] Read More

“Xenophobia” is Dictionary.com’s 2016 “word of the year.” This recent announcement probably did not surprise many, as this fear or suspicion of the “other” has been on full display throughout this volatile political year. This is especially true when the other is portrayed as a threat or danger to something that one fears is being […] Read More