Heritage is a wonderful thing in religion and adds a closeness that borders on family ties. This is why when a group of people
join into a kindred or organization it becomes so tight knit and protective of one another. However, heritage can be a double edged sword. It is all well and good to ingrain our heritage into our religion, but some take it too far ! When your pride becomes an obsession of superiority it can be an ugly thing. On the internet I am continually reading messages from the chest thumping ,
" I am Viking", or I am Germanic" warrior types. They have been consumed by heritage and have lost sight of what our religion should be about.
Our religion should be about a single individual or a group of individuals coming together to love and honor their Gods and Goddesses. Quite simple and straight foward. When we honor the Gods and Goddesses we should be focused on them and not on the nationality or heritage of the person standing next to us . If Odin, Thor, Freyja, or any of the other Gods and Goddesses calls to someone outside the Germanic - Scandinavian heritage line then who are we to question Their divine decision ? If they have been chosen then they are my brother and sister because they are Asatru ! We have become, at that point, one people with one purpose. My love of the Gods and Goddesses overrules any "taught" heritage prejudices I have learned in my life.
My point is simple, lets keep our heritage in perspective. Be proud of who we are and where we came from but don't turn others away because of their heritage. We do not have the right to overrule the divine decisions of our ancient Gods and Goddesses ! There is a purpose for everything They do, and if we do not understand it then the failing is ours, not Theirs !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !