Category: Geila Rajaee

When what you fear is true

“Despite (or because of) privilege, we live in a dangerous world of brutality, force, and threat. We are surrounded by terrorism, war, abuse, exploitation, and death. Evil is rampant, and fear too easily pervades. Despair overtakes us when we realize that our lives are not free of danger. Yet we are not always the innocent…

Whispering False Promises

By Geila Rajaee When the first major school shooting took place in Columbine, Colorado I remember this sense that part of the world had fractured.  It wasn’t necessarily the first shooting to occur on a high school campus (or a school campus, at that) but my memory keenly recalls a fundamental shift in our attitude…

Politics. Ugh.

By Geila Rajaee There was a time in my life when I truly enjoyed talking about politics. I think in college it was fairly well known that I would engage just about anyone in a rousing debate about foreign policy (especially in the Middle East), the failings of the criminal justice system, and benefits for…

Telling the Truth

By Geila Rajaee The first time I lied to someone about my ethnic background, I was eight years old. The first Gulf war had started and I remember being incredibly aware of the fact that some man named Hussein, in Iraq, was doing really bad things to people and that our president, our country wanted…

Doubt, My Faithful Friend

By Geila Rajaee While attending college at a small, private Christian university, I remember so vividly one particular chapel service where the speaker (who was a pastor) said, “in the life of the faithful, there is no room for doubt.” He went on to elaborate that those who experienced doubt “did not have faith” –…

The Challenge of God’s Voice

By Geila Rajaee I can clearly remember the moment that I decided I was going to become a Christ follower – I was in church one Sunday morning and I simply thought, “Yeah, this is it.” There was no fan-fare, no warming of the heart, no conversation with anyone about what I had just acknowledged…