The other day I sat down and re-read my friend Rudy Carassco‘s book, Protect & Invest. It is a book about urban and multi-ethnic outreach and he gave me a copy while I was in Pasadena a couple years ago. I am getting ready to give away about 1000 volumes from my library and this was one that I put in a pile to be kept. The other night I was looking for something to read and I grabbed it and it was worth the couple hours that it took to read and digest it.
Rudy is writing from his own experiences in Los Angeles, Stanford, and now at Harambee and from his own Hispanic ethnic background. While the racial make up of Saskatoon is a lot different than Pasadena and Los Angeles, Rudy’s observations transcend geography and make sense wherever there is racial diversity.
He talks a lot about the tension that existed in his own life in reconciling coming from a Mexican family, being born in the United States, and being a Christian which all have at least some sort of competing world views. In some ways he reminded me of the first chapter of Hans Kung’s autobiography in which he starts with a history of Switzerland because to understand Kung, you had to understand Switzerland. While Rudy does a good job of touching on it, our culture, background, and location has a tremendous influence on our faith and it needs to be thought through and wrestled with.
At the same time he reminded me that this is no small struggle and I see that daily with clients who wrestle with how to honor traditional native culture, life learned on the reserve, and now life in urban Saskatchewan which all have different values. For Christians on top of that there is another dynamic and tension between culture, history, location, and the Kingdom.
It’s a good book and one that if you are involved in the melting pot experiment that is the United States or Canada’s idea of multi-culturalism, it is one that you will want to read. You can purchase it from from Lulu.com.