perhaps one of the most under-utilized passages in all of scripture is found in mark 15:38 ::
‘and the veil of the temple was torn in two – from top to bottom.’
it seems no matter how hard we try to force the life and teachings of jesus into the boxes of us/them || yes/no|| win/lose || in/out , they always seem to – forgive the word – emerge beyond those borders and break out of the boundaries we’ve attempted to force them into. the barriers keep collapsing.
as we follow God in the way of jesus, we continually find ourselves forced out of the comfort zone of ‘us’ and into community with ‘them.’
living incarnationally in these tension-filled spaces, in intentional pursuit of that which is disconnected, we are continually forced to confront our prejudices and intolerance of ‘the Other.’
this so-called Other could be defined as anyone on the ‘outside’ :: any deemed ‘not one of us’, belonging to a differing group, gender, orientation, party, community, religion, race, culture or creed.
we love having Others. it gives us an identity. something – or even someone – to be against.
yet a christian faith without commitment to the Other is really not christian at at all, because christ was committed to the Other.