John Pavlovitz: Ferguson, Immigration, Gay Rights, And The Destructive Myth Of ‘Them’
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.
Making someone into Them is spiritual theft; it’s stealing their deep, rich humanity as you consider or debate them. We’ve all done it, and we’ve all been victims of it. You know what it feels like to be made into Them; to be summarized in a sweeping stroke, shrunken down into a tiny box based on one small aspect of who you are, and told that that’s all you are.
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