Original Posting At http://thenakedalien.blogspot.com/2018/07/no-others.html
Once, upon a time, we were all Other – we were called “Them” by some “Us”; based upon some arbitrary and artificial demarcation. How have we all forgotten? We were Outsiders, Aliens, and Strangers living without hope (without God’s visible Immanuel presence active within your circumstances). But the Blood has drawn our diverse bloodlines all together into One Heart. Within One Body, we are at peace with each other (unless attacked by some autoimmunity disease of fear and selfishness).
He has broken down the Walls that divide us! He has abolished the Laws that separate us, the rules that set us against each other, the statutes that make some of us “illegal” and others “legal”, the regulations that classify tribes into boxes. Once polarized into We versus They, he has created within himself one Kin-dom. As One, there can be no more War. As One, we can become reconciled with and within God. On a cross, strife and hostility were slain.
He proclaimed Shalom to those near and far, national and foreigner, believer and unbeliever, Us and Them. Not fragmented into These and Those, but made whole by the breath of Spirit. Hear this then: there are neither: residents nor non-residents; natives nor non-natives; domestic nor foreign – there are only We the People, fellow Citizens of a Kin-dom built upon the Justice-work of the Prophets and the Evangel-work of the Apostles, tied into the cornerstone of the Grace, the Love, and the Mercy of Christ the Messiah. Within this Edifice, this Church, this new Temple, this Tent of the Lord, we too are each joined together.
(photography by tiwago)