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But I also know that sin has twisted all good things, and that even our good and godly intentions when dialoguing about race have a habit of missing the mark.
We tend to either reduce IRR stories, whether they are our own or others’, to a party trick (something to show off and exploit rather than understand and love), or we elevate them to a pedestal where we can worship and idolize them.
I’ve heard lots of Christian responses about IRRs being a “greater picture of God’s kingdom” because they demonstrate reconciliation and unity.
How ironic that the thing we do to show the world we aren’t racist actually ends up perpetuating racism.
In listening, we can understand more fully, lament more deeply, and celebrate more joyously with our friends.
And in understanding, lamenting, and celebrating, we grow closer to and become more like Jesus.
It was barely a week into our relationship before Vaughan and I started getting comments about how adorable our children would be. I didn’t really know how to respond to those comments.
Besides the fact that at that point, we were not even close to considering a future together, was I supposed to feel special that I was dating someone who was a different race than me?
Deciding to enter an IRR doesn’t change prejudice in your heart.