I have had a discouraging, anxiety filled week. I have been so broken hearted over the election. And no, it’s not because Romney didn’t win. Instead, it’s because of the hateful attacks that I have seen thrown around by the Christian community. Attacks aimed at fellow Christians, fellow citizens, people on gov’t assistance, and even aimed at me, personally because I am an independent. It’s not that I haven’t been on the outside before. Going to a Liberal university, I was mocked and ridiculed in nearly every class for my decision to be a stay-at-home-mom. But that didn’t hurt as badly. I didn’t know those people. They weren’t my community.
But these past few days, my own community of fellow Christians have turned on me, and my heart has been broken. I’ve shed many tears, and been incredibly discouraged and disheartened to see my facebook feed filled with fellow Christians attacking one another, attacking those on gov’t assistance, attacking “them.”
But what we don’t realize with such attacks is that there is a lot of “us” in “them.” The key to having compassion toward others is to find some of “us” in “them.”(<–Tweet This)
I was reading a book for grad school last night, and the main character was in WWII. A group of Japanese soldiers was lined up and he and the other US Soldiers were ordered to shoot. But he couldn’t. Because in that moment, he noticed how much they looked like him. He saw his uncle in their faces. The conclusion was that he was hallucinating, but I don’t think so. He just finally saw them and realized we’re not all that different.
The truth is that we are all born sinners. All of us. No exceptions. In Ephesians 2:1-10, Paul invites us to remember, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins…all of us lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh.” There is no “us” and “them” when it comes to sin. We have ALL sinned. Paul goes on in that same passage to say we are saved by grace so no one can boast. We have all been on the outside.
God’s word tells us that man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart. If we look past the outward appearance, past the labels, past the divisions, past the sins and differences, then I believe our eyes would be opened to see the heart, and to see like Christ-with compassion, love, grace, and mercy.. (<–Tweet This)
It’s so easy for us to sit in judgment and think that we have nothing in common with “the other,” But even God, when He looks at us can see common ground. In His unrivaled holiness and perfection, contrasted with our depravity, He can look at us and see at the base, His image, because that’s how we are created—ALL of us, in his image (Gen 1:27).
As servants of Christ, we have to look past labels. We have to start looking for a little bit of “us” in “them” until there is no “us” and “them” only us. Humanity that God created in His image, and souls that Christ died for.