YOU OR WE
Last Sunday I saw myself behind a pulpit and felt guilty over the use of “you” rather than the “we.” My memory awakened to the past when I told the people, “you must repent, you must forgive, you must get right with God” and so on. Inadvertently, I was separating myself from my flocks. No wonder they perceived me as being on a higher level in my religious life. Without my cognizance, they were afraid to come to me for guidance. The “you” had separated me from the “we.” I should have gone with my people to do what I had told them to do.
Individualism is the major reason why we have so much blaming in our world and so few solutions. The use of the “you” separates our leaders from the “we” or the people, including our opposition. It has become a convenient way to shriek from guilt and responsibility. It is particularly painful when my party and I caused the problem and then I use the “you” and the other “we” to hang it on. This reminds me of the man that crucified our Lord; but before he did, he washed his hands (Matthew 27:24). Jesus was very harsh on those that made use of the “you-finger.” It was the leader’s log or beam in his eye that was obstructing his view of the problem and not the person with a tinny speck or splinter (Matthew 7:3-5). It was not the leader that justified himself before God and man that Jesus praised, but a sinner that was willing to admit his guilt (Luke 18:9-14). And it was not a self appointed saint whom Jesus took with him to paradise (Luke 23:39-43).
It is within our nature to take credit for success but not for failure. The truth is that both are ours success and failure. Truth is costly and hiding it is even more costly. In politics, we spend much to pin the success on us and the failure on others. The result is that it causes divisions and nothing gets done. It becomes worse than that. The “you business” disintegrates families, communities and even nations. We Christians, of all people, appear to have lapses in our memory. We all are the Children of Adam and not just of Abraham. In Adam we all sin and are held accountable for each other (Romans 5:14). In Abraham, two nations and three religions are at each other’s throats. The mothers of Ishmael and Isaac, Hagar and Sarah have specialized in the “you business.” In Revelation 12, the two women or religions are at each other for no reason at all. The world has become too small for both of them. Since the day Sarah made Abraham kick out Hagar, there has been an unforgiving spirit fueling their enmity (Genesis 21). Their enmity is afflicting the whole world. Now, they are even blaming each other for “9/11.”
It is tragic that “9/11″ has become the focal point of an extended conflict that shall not be resolved until three great Faiths have destroyed each other. This is not my speculation, but the prediction in the last book in the Bible (Revelation 9:18). It will happen because we have not taken responsibility in allowing evil to infest us and produce weapons that shall obliterate one third of our planet. Who among us earthlings has the insight and the know how to bring Ishmael and Isaac to their father’s graveside and end this endless ” you business” (Genesis 25:9-11)? It could result in a millennium with Christ at the head (Revelation 20:1-5). It was and still is Christ Jesus that offers us peace (John 14:27). Ishmael and Isaac require Jesus’ help to reach an agreement.