“Poor people are lazy.”
“You must eat snakes and play with lions(if you live in Africa).”
“Americans are fat.”
People are famous for making assumptions and stereotypes. Often they are extremely painful.
We recently had a time on our missions campus of sharing different perspectives from various cultures. We laughed, we cried, and we felt each other’s pain.
I’m reminded of three things that I know to be true. It is also these three things that I need to be challenged to regularly apply in my life in missions.
1. Avoid Assumption
I know plenty of lazy rich people and even a few thin Americans!
No one enjoyes being boxed in by assumptions. When they happen in a cross cultural setting, it is easy to become isolated and critical. Victory comes when we don’t see each other by our nationality, skin color, or economic status; but rather as people.