March 14, 2018
“You and Me, or We?”
4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Recently, I answered a survey designed to determine one’s lifetime exposure to other socio-economic classes. It asked questions that made me wonder about its purpose. Was the point simply to sharpen my awareness of social differences or perhaps to guilt me into some kind of behavior? Whether it was intentional or not, the questions appeared to make value judgments, as if one should feel ashamed if they experienced an upper middle class childhood. It was hard to know what the real point was, especially since people are not ultimately members of a class. Rather, we are individuals with unique personal needs and attributes who at the same time also share common needs with people of every class. It is hard to unite when there is so much emphasis on differences that in the end, do not really matter.
Jesus, Son of God, creator with the Father of all who live, does not see the differences. He see what is common to all, our sin, and He came into this world to save us from it, not to classify us by superficial categories. A church member and I last Sunday ministered to a young man and woman whose background, social class, and present appearance had very little in common with our own, on the surface. But inside, all of us shared the same need for mercy, kindness, grace, and encouragement. Those needs unite us, and Christ meets all those needs through the cross. He unites what we divide. He helps us to see, not “you and me”, but “we”.
Peace and grace,