Us and Them


How much of my life do I look at “The Chosen People” with disdain?

How can The Chosen People be so blind? How can they reject so self-righteously the very Son of God they have lived awaiting? And just why are they so insular?

Then Jesus began to speak to them in parables. ‘A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watch-tower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, “They will respect my son.” But those tenants said to one another, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.” So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this scripture:
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes”?’
When they realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowd. So they left him and went away. Mark 12:1-12

And as I read these verses, He drew me to the final few words:

they … against them … arrest him … feared the crowd … left him … went away …

And He replayed my words:

How can The Chosen People be so blind? How can they reject so self-righteously the very Son of God they have lived awaiting? Why are “they” so insular?

And then he married them together:

“Are you not one of my Chosen People, Paul? Are you not one of my “tenants”? Do I not send my “slaves” to you in your daily life? And if they do not “look like me” – how then do you treat them? Do you see an interruption … one less important than you … one for whom you have no time for (right now) … ? Do you smile to their faces as you move them along? Do you tell them “all are welcome” as you usher them on to someone else? And do you embrace them whilst at the same time making sure there is a sanitised “firebreak” between you and them?  And do you cleave to your own – the ones who speak your shorthand – who do not challenge you (too) much?

Where then is my “share” … what then of my Son (whom you use at the end of all your prayers) – and just how are you NOT my “Chosen People”?  And more importantly  …  WHY are you NOT?”

Us and them!

Every time I think I have lost that phrase – He shines a light on another dusty corner of my soul.

Thank you Lord ((hugs))

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16 thoughts on “Us and Them

  1. Hey, dirt brother. Sad to say, I think we all harbor an “us and them” in a dark, dusty corner of our soul. Thankfully, He shines a light whenever and wherever it’s needed to prevent mold growing there; to prevent a hardening of never coming back from.
    Love you.

    • Hiya Susan. What I love is the way He allows each of us to see each of us. Gently, lovingly, individually. Kinda neat. Kinda loving. Even in those “dark, dusty corners”. ((Hugs))

  2. Amen, the first word that comes to mind is “love”. God has graciously loved us warts and all – why can’t we love others the way He loves?

  3. Only receiving God’s love changes the “us and them” mindset in us. Even when we’re still using “us in them” saying that they don’t get “us and them”! 🙂 When we finally see ourselves in Christ in God, we will see them as us, and we are all in this thing together (John 14:20).
    Good word, bro!

  4. Isn’t it amazing that when our God plants a tree, it will always be A tree even if it’s the first tree He planted. Then if He wants to plant another and graft branches from this second tree into the first, the first tree is still A tree and still the first tree?!

    I don’t know if you are referring to the Children of Israel, but that was my impression and take on your article (which is very good by the way) and it reminded me of this Scripture by the Apostle Paul in Romans 11:10-12, “Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, and bow down their back always.” I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!”

    But whether Jew or Gentile the same can be said of us of differing denominations or upbringings, or even between “saved” and “unsaved” for Almighty God created us all in His Image and thereby are not so different after all! Some choose to acknowledge Him as Father, others choose to reject Him as “real.” What we do in our choosing doesn’t make any difference in His love for us, therefore why, oh why, oh why should it make a difference in our love towards one another?!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • “What we do in our choosing doesn’t make any difference in His love for us, therefore why, oh why, oh why should it make a difference in our love towards one another?!!”

      Thank YOU for the inspiration!! ((hugs))

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