For and Because of the Other

There is no questioning that we are fearful of the ‘other,’ the person on the other side of whatever spectrum we create–conservative or liberal, citizen or undocumented immigrant, Christian or radical Muslim. A common assumption is that our lasting impact and our legacy we leave behind is with those who are similar to us. The story of Rahab challenges that assumption. Rahab embodies the complete ‘other’ for ancient Jews, and, yet, Israel owes its security and its entrance into the promised land to this scandalous prostitute. When we look to have a strong family legacy we should also provide ways for others to surprise us with their gifts and their blessings.

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