Us and Them
It can be very easy to think in terms of us and them, but who do we think are Us?
At times of anxiety and crisis, we may find that the people we include as Us become somewhat reduced. We can long for the familiar, those we feel more comfortable with, who we consider easier to understand and get along with.
We have seen across the world stage that some political ideologies have used notions of us and them to fuel their activism and sustain their hold on power, inevitably to the detriment of those who are 'not Us.’
But, who do we include as Us? Do we include those of other faiths as well as our own? Do we include those of other countries or race, what about asylum seekers and refugees, those with different sexualities and genders? Do we count those who are in prison, or homeless?
How about Nature? Are all animals and the whole natural world part of Us? As Christians, do we consider that the Body of Christ is diminished by the extinction of even a single species, maybe through human activity?
St Teresa of Calcutta said one of the big problems of the world is that many people’s idea of what constitutes the family is too small.
At Easter, we are reminded that everything is changed and recreated anew; human life, political systems, all of nature and all that exists, seen and unseen.
Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, or free, (the list could go on) but Christ is all and in all.
Here, everything is completely Us