While World Divides, the Church Kisses

| February 3, 2015

For more than two decades, the Sudanese in the north and south warred against each other. Their conflict eventually led to Sudan splitting into two separate countries—Sudan and South Sudan. Australia’s early history involved persistent conflict between Aborigines and the British settlers as Australian governments pursued what some have called a “white Australia” policy. For most of American history, slavery followed by racial segregation laws in the United States enforced separation between whites and blacks. And recent events have shown how much tension and separation remain between whites and blacks in many parts of the United States.

Likewise cities are divided between the poor, or “lower class,” and the middle/upper class. Certain parts of town are considered “the hood” or “the ghetto” and avoided by the economically prosperous. Other parts of town are considered “nice,” with the unspoken understanding that if you live there you will interact with people who aren’t “thugs” but are “good” and “responsible.”  

Division. Separation. Segregation. Notice how normal and natural separation and division are to human society. We want to form relationships with those who are like us and to define ourselves in distinction from other people. We divide and separate from one another…

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