Ferguson, Immigration, LGBT Rights, And The Destructive Myth Of ‘Them’

Rid yourself of THEM, and blame.
Humbly seek revelation of US.

As always, thanks John

The reblog link is not working properly…so here is a direct link:

Ferguson, Immigration, LGBT Rights, And The Destructive Myth Of ‘Them’


john pavlovitz


Thank God for Them.

Whenever we’re in a fight, we need a clear enemy, and we need it fast.

There’s something about human nature that craves separation in times of conflict.

It’s a deep-rooted self-preservation that drives us to divide.

We so often find ourselves in the overwhelming mess of human dysfunction, and it all hits the fan like it has again this week; but instead of trying to truly understand what’s really happening before responding, rather than wrestling with the complex and the nuanced and the elusive; we simply look for an easy villain to condemn and remove.

Enter, Them.

Side-stepping the bulky, cumbersome, time-consuming tasks of wading through layers of history and culture and experience, and of uncovering the hidden heart of the current struggle, we move immediately to building the walls, drawing out the boundaries, and finding the lines with which can mark off the Good and the Bad people.

We rush to identify the clearly visible characteristics of those who will define Us, and…

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9 thoughts on “Ferguson, Immigration, LGBT Rights, And The Destructive Myth Of ‘Them’

  1. The “them” and the “they”…we have both been there and done that, right?
    The last part of this link didn’t carry to the rest of the article (perhaps my fingers aren’t awake yet!)…but, I read enough to know that his words are wise. Thanks for sharing, CG!
    lil mama

    • Yes…sadly. I have my own dirty history with “theming” and “they-ing”…but with Mama’s help, those days are over and those moments mere opportunities to be reminded to reach out further…and lemme investigate the link failure and seek to address! 🙂

    • Link is now added, mama…I would say “enjoy” except it is a painful read that “hurts so good”. John is a pretty amazing heart for God and for all God’s people, and a very refreshing change.

      May he be a forerunner of a true “new breed” rather than the bloviators and show boats and self-seekers who wrap themselves preening in that title!!

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