CROSS CULTURE CONNECTIONS
When dealing with different cultures, one of the most rewarding things that can happen is to learn about cultural differences.
We live in different worlds and when two different cultures interact we have a clash. The clash can be painful and create hurt and animosity but it is also an opportunity to face a different culture, learn from mistakes and admire the differences, and learn how to deal and navigate honoring people and expanding our horizons.
Dr. Duane Elmer wrote several books on this subjects and this week I was able to learn from him.
One of the subjects that most impacted me is the value of servanthood and how it’s demonstrated by the foreigner in the host culture.
These values when expressed to the host culture will lead into true servanthood in the character of the foreigner and will lead to a transformation and to give authority to speak into the hearts of the people.
I’ve experienced living in a different culture. In this learning process of living in a different culture, I have to learn and adapt my own ways of observing things and now I’m able to see things from my own culture in a different perspective.
The whole idea of servanthood is something very strong in me and I really want to be able to learn this and practice in my everyday life.
Another point that I liked was the fact that we don’t need to be afraid to be involved with people and open our hearts and minds to learn from different people and admire the other culture.
When living in another culture, one subject that is inevitable is to deal with conflict, and Dr. Duane was very good in explaining how to deal with conflicts and the importance in acting in forgiveness.
Forgiveness is the powerful tool to help maintain and strength the relationships between people in different cultures. But even so, the practice of forgiveness and restoration and reconciliation has to be done appropriately with the culture. Otherwise, it won’t be perceived well and will lead to nothing.
When dealing with forgiveness and restoration, we must always looks for clues within the host culture and find ways to understand how it is done in the culture. The most appropriate ways will be already embedded in their ways. As a foreigner we should not be blind in dealing with this important subject so we won’t perpetuate the hurt and the conflict.
The conflict resolution must be done in the appropriate way and bring honor and restoration.
This is what Jesus did at the cross. This is how conflict resolution must be done, not according to one specific culture, but according with the principles that were modeled by Jesus, in order to produce reconciliation and restoration.
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November 11, 2016 at 05:58PM
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