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We’ve been sold a Lie

We have, to my mind been sold a lie in the Western World.

A lie that says all people are the same.

We are not all the same.

But we are all of equal value. We are all loved equally by God.

The lie we have been sold is the one that tells us that one size will fit all. That everyone looks good in the latest fashions. That what you have I should have also.  That what I receive from life you too should receive from life.  That all people should have the same things, fit the same clothes, have the same haircut/technology/tattooed skin/values and passions.  Along with this big lie have come several smaller but more malicious lies. That we are all the same. That there is but one truth (being that there is no one truth and that all should be free to believe what they choose as long as it matches what I choose). That our lives will be better if we just conform; and hence anyone who does not conform is dangerous, sinister and subversive.

We have been sold the lie that counter-cultural is good but only if it’s the accepted branded counter-culture our corporate decision makers have rubber stamped. The lie that the word inclusive means that we are all the same, should receive the same, give the same, be the same.

But the lie is flawed. Because We are not all the same.

But we are all of equal value. We are all loved equally by God.

Sameness is not the same as equality.

Sameness is not the same as inclusiveness.

Sameness is not the same as justice.

Sameness is not the same as freedom.

Sameness is not the same as liberty.

We are not all the same.

But we are all of equal value. We are all loved equally by God.

Psalm 139 talks of how we are individually known and loved by God. It talks of how we are created as individuals with individual values, gifts, passions,   to bring to the whole of our community. How God crafted all of who we are and could be. How he knows us more than we know ourselves.

God did not create us to be the same.  But he created us of equal value with our brothers and sisters in the human race.

1 Corinthians 12 says:

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

We are not all the same.

But we are all of equal value. We are all loved equally by God.

 

 

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