“Us” & “Them”

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Featured | 0 comments

conflictFor a nation known as The UNITED States, there sure is a lot of division. Listen carefully, everywhere you go … inevitably the conversation turns to “us” and “them.” Seriously, pick a category! We orbit around opposition like the moon around our planet.

Young and Old / Fit and Fat / Powerful and Oppressed / Blue and Red / Rich and Poor / My team and Their team / Black and White / Homeschool, Public School and Private School / Liberal and Conservative / Urban and Rural / Winners and Losers.

The wisest of men once said, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls” (Luke 11:18).

Despite our obsession with differences, we share some jaw-dropping similarities …

Every human being is made in the image of God, i.e. relational, creative and influential (Genesis 1:26-27; James 3:9). This affords ALL of us profound dignity and worth.

Every member of the human race is sinful and “under the power of sin” (Romans 3:9, 23). This means that ALL of us – not some of us – are spiritually broken, regardless of how good we might appear on the outside.

EVERY person – no exceptions – will one day die and then give an account of his/her life before their Creator (Hebrews9:27). That gives the brevity of our lives monumental significance!

ALL people, regardless of any earthly distinction, have a singular path available to them which leads to eternal and abundant life (John 14:6; 10:10; Acts 4:12; 1 John 5:10-12).

EACH of us, without any regard for our past, are guaranteed forgiveness and adoption into the family of God if we genuinely ask for it (Romans 10:11-13; Acts 2:21).

The things we have in common truly are the things that matter most in this life and the next. The more clearly we have our shared human condition in view, the better able we are to navigate our differences.

When it comes right down to it, there is ultimately only one “us” and “them” scenario … those who believe the above, and those who don’t. We’re all free to believe what we want, but we’re not free to escape the consequences of our beliefs. Truth answers to no one, but invites all to find refuge within its reality.

Those who do believe the biblical narrative have no room for pride, no reason for hostility; only great reasons for gratitude. Their highest aim in this broken world is to lovingly help all the “thems” they know, who have yet to believe, to find their way by grace through faith into the community of “us.” After all, someone did that very thing for us when we were a “them.”

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