Have We Gone Too Fast?
“Raising up a generation of Latino and Hispanic leaders to change the world.”
This is the phrase that you see and hear often in Destino. It is our purpose, what we hope for and move towards. I’ve been thinking lately about this phrase and asking some deeper questions related to it. Like, why is it that this vision statement has yet to be fulfilled? In what ways have we tried and seen success? In what ways have we failed? How have we seen the Lord work in the 16 years we’ve been alive as a ministry? How have we not? Why?
But a bigger question surfaced in me as I was reading Reconciling All Things. It is a book about justice and seeking individual, interpersonal, and systemic reconciliation within different cultures and ministries. As I was reading, I realized that our vision in Destino that we are working towards really is, in many ways, a ministry of reconciliation and justice. We are seeking to include the excluded in the works of the Lord in the world around us. We are wanting to see God raise up a marginalized culture to be a part of bringing more of His kingdom to earth. Which brings me to the question I asked related to a quote from the book. In one of the chapters, the author talks about lament and how for true reconciliation to happen we need to “unlearn speed” and seek to listen and enter into story and experiences around us. From there he says :
This raises, once again, the problem of starting with the “what do we do?” question. The problem with this question is that it never interrogates the “we”.
So the question I’m asking now is, “Have we been so eager to get to the ‘what do we do?’ question in our ministry of reconciliation that we haven’t ‘interrogated the we’?” Have we moved too quickly forward, eager to make up for 60 years of missing it with ethnic minorities, that we haven’t stopped to first look at our own brokeness and push into why it is we are where we are now? This seems key to a future of real hope that has deep roots in reality.
Now I realize I’m talking about an organization that loves to act and do. We are practitioners to the core, eager to get things done and make things happen. But what if the way of the kingdom is different for the vision we are seeking to bring to fruition? What if we need to first reflect and answer some harder question directed at our own hearts? Have we done that? Have we really unlearned speed in this? I’m not confident we have.
So, as we fight for a greater future of Latinos being mobilized and sent, let us be the kind of people that can be self-critical and “interrogate the we”. Where has our own blindness, broken character, or marred identity been compliant in a system that has excluded Latinos from this picture? Where do we need to come along side the experiences of those we thought we came to “save” in order for we ourselves to be the ones rescued? Where do we need transformation before we can see a whole injustice transformed and restored to how God intended?
I pray for this to be true of us.
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