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EP 09 | Cultural Appropriation

In this episode of Unfractured, Author Skot Welch and his friend Eric Johnson discuss chapter two of Skot’s book by diving deep into the concept of cultural appropriation. They discuss its impact on marginalized communities, and how unity requires the participation of people from every tribe, nation, and tongue.

Skot and Eric express concern about the present state of society, where people often accept the status quo and view differences in worship or cultural practices as insurmountable barriers. Skot highlights the tendency for individuals and communities to create a false sense of unity by superficially adopting aspects of other cultures while failing to engage with the people behind those cultures genuinely.

They discuss the idea that simply integrating elements from other cultures into one's own life doesn't foster genuine connection or understanding. Skot points out that this can be particularly prevalent in church settings, where superficial changes may occur, such as having a worship leader from a different background, but without real inclusion and diversity within the congregation.

Skot and Eric talk about the tragedy of cultural marginalization and how it stifles individuality and diversity. They argue that by suppressing or discouraging people from fully embracing their cultural identity, we fail to honor God's intention for diversity among His children.

The conversation turns to the challenges of addressing these issues. Skot passionately urges us to recognize the importance of listening, accepting, and engaging in meaningful dialogue to resolve these problems. He suggests acknowledging and discussing issues is crucial in the face of discomfort.

Skot adds that these conversations cannot happen in isolation and must involve all communities, echoing the sentiment that unity thrives when diverse voices are included. He underscores that this inclusivity is essential to reflect God's vision for our lives.

In a powerful moment, they discuss the fear and complacency that often deter people from engaging in these conversations. Skot counsels that remaining silent in the face of injustice makes us complicit. He urges people to recognize their responsibility to address these issues.

Skot draws from Ephesians 3:17-19 to illustrate the potential for growth and unity when Christ's love resides in our hearts. He confirms this love can lead to a desire for genuine unity and a willingness to confront discomfort. He also references Romans 12, highlighting the importance of diversity within the body of Christ. Underscoring that unity doesn't require uniformity and diversity should be celebrated as a source of strength.


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