What is “us vs. them” anyway?

ConnectionIf every person on the earth is, in some fashion, connected together in Christ, how would that change how we see each other? How we treat one one? Love one another?

Maureen and I recently sent in a DNA kit discover more about our ancestry. This made me think of my recent post titled, “The myth of separation,” where I looked at how Scripture reveals that we are all of one blood (Acts 17:26) and, even more amazingly, that the whole cosmos is bound up in Christ.

I shared some of those passages last time, but I would like to look at the following passage again. Here’s Paul’s revelation of the magnitude of Christ (bold-type added):

“He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.” (Col.1:17 NLT)

What’s fascinating about this is that the latest advancement in physics and cosmology is agreeing with our connectedness to everything else! If you’re a lay physics geek like me you already know this.

For you non-geekish people, basically, what is happening is that we’re finding out that everything in existence is connected to everything else.

If you’re interested, Nassim Haramein, Director of Research at the Hawaii Institute for Unified Physics (HIUP) is the author of the paper that has been validated and published in the peer review journal, Physical Review and Research International. His “Connected Universe” theory says everything in the universe is connected, and that everything spins and interacts with everything else..

Here’s a somewhat non-technical lecture by Haramein on YouTube about our universal connectedness. You may enjoy it. He is funny for a physics geek.

Haramein proved, mathematically, that the atom is basically a mini black hole. He showed that a single proton has the same volume as vacuum in space, which is technically speaking, infinite.

What this means is that everything in creation goes to infinity in both directions–both outwardly and inwardly. To infinity and beyond! (Thank you, Buzz Lightyear!)

It’s almost like the Kingdom of God is within you or something…

Now, this is not some acid-trip new age nut-job gobbledygook we’re talking about here. This is proven mathematical evidence that science is just beginning to tap into.  I don’t agree with Haramein’s conclusions about what this connecting force is, nor do I have to in order for what he discovered to be true about our reality.

The stunning fact is, both Scripture and science are beginning to point to the same thing–or should I say, same Person.

Do you think the church might just be positioned to be a voice in this cosmological revolution we’re in the middle of right now?

What if the church unpacked her rapture bags and, rather than waiting to escape reality, actually began to engage in these kinds of conversations about how and why we’re here? Just a thought…

But this also sheds light on why we, as so-called “Bible-believing Christians,” need to jettison some of our medieval Newtonian and deistic notions about spiritual reality–those compartmentalized myths we’ve created about being separated from Christ.

Beloved, we are living in an absolutely amazing time in human history! Do you understand the implications of what’s going on here? Science is actually starting to agree with what Paul declared almost 2,000 years ago, even though they don’t know it…yet. 🙂

Paul said that everything in the cosmos consists and finds itself in Christ.

Of course, physicists don’t see it this way, they may call it something else. But what they’re discovering is what it is, nonetheless. We’re all connected together.

And…IF these things are so, which I believe they are, I return to my original questions. How should this inform us about the world around us?

And just who is our enemy? Other churches? Other political parties? The government? Other nations and creeds? How should we interpret the news?

How is our perception of other people affected by this?

If everything is connected and interacts and affects everything else, then how should we treat other human beings? How should we treat our environment in general?

What is our responsibility as human beings in light of this connectedness?

How does this reality help us interpret our theology? How does it inform our message of reconciliation, the gospel that we preach? (2 Cor.5:19-20)

Think about it. Paul said we don’t fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers that blinds people from finding the truth…the truth about themselves and our wondrous mystical union in Christ.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph.6:12 NIV)

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers,
so that they cannot see the light of the gospel
that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Cor.4:4 NIV)

Beloved of God, who is the enemy here?

Who is “us” and who is “them” in the light of Jesus Christ?

 

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 37 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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10 Responses to What is “us vs. them” anyway?

  1. Saskia Hart says:

    I grinned my way through this!! I read Ephesians the other day and I swear it’s the first time I’ve ever seen that book! I was reading something .. .I think it was John Crowder, and he says that they have discovered that if you take an electron from a pair of electrons (they exist in pairs, one spinning one direction and the other spinning the other direction, as you probably know) But if you take one of these electrons and put it somewhere really far away, like on Jupiter, it will STILL adjust its spin according to the spin of the other electron .. on earth. Cool eh? I think it was Crowder.. maybe it was Lance.. .regardless . .it’s amazing. What GOOD news!!!! Our union with Christ!!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yes, in quantum physics that’s called entanglement. This is where you get “beam me up, Scotty” in Star Trek, transporting people from one place to another. Using this concept to move from one point in space to another. This is also probably the quantum physics behind Philip being supernaturally transported in Acts 8:39-40.

      What’s interesting to me about all of this is how quantum physics is making breakthroughs which are, in effect, providing the proof behind the supernatural–miracles, signs and wonders that God does in this world–while much of the church is still stuck in their Newtonian box of quasi-deistic denial. Yes, these are truly exciting times to be living in. 🙂
      Blessings.

  2. Lance says:

    Keep this up Mel and I’ll have to get you a pocket protector for your birthday. Ha ha. Funny how truth is substance that is revealed. The substance of the nature of God (glory) is relationship, connectedness and inclusion. Just saying. Yay God!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Well, I was an engineer before I was a pastor. 🙂 But now, I’m fascinated how this crazy “spooky action at a distance” (what Einstein called quantum physics) actually substantiates so much of what we know about the spiritual world by faith.

      I didn’t even mention Giuseppe Del Re, a professor from Italy who wrote that the universe is relational, like a great dance! His book on this is called “The Cosmic Dance: Science Discovers the Mysterious Harmony of the Universe.” In that book he talks about the connection between the spiritual and science. Pretty amazing things going on. We need the Christian physicists and cosmologists who have the right biblical worldview to rise up and enter into this discussion. The world is ready for us! The question is, is the church ready?

  3. paulfg says:

    In layman’s terms (!) I see all of creation connected in just one bucket of dirt. You, me, the past, the future, this whole globe, the universe and beyond – the whole kit and caboodle. All of us dirt sisters and dirt brothers. And within that bucket – the creator of all – of One and in One!
    Connected!

  4. jodiwoody says:

    This is all very inspiring. It is time for us to stop seeing ourselves as opposed to anything other than our own sin, and the devil. I think that most people don’t want to hear that we are connected. However, you can’t change God’s creation. It is what it is. Our not believing won’t change it. We all have a place and a divine purpose. If we can’t get ahold of that fact, we will never do what He has called us to do. Good word Mel. Thanks!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks Jodi. Yes, it’s hard to get people out of their illusion of separation and individuality. Our culture is deistic by default. But God’s love is other-centered and interconnected. The glorious truth is, we will find each other in Christ. And then we begin to love others like Christ does, even seeing those bound in darkness like He does. We begin to see who the real enemy is (and it’s not people!) That’s compelling. Right now, the church isn’t very compelling with our “us” vs. them attitude. So you’re absolutely right, until we get this we won’t accomplish what His desire is for us (John 17:21-26). Blessings.

  5. Cindy Powell says:

    “It’s almost like the Kingdom of God is within you or something…” Or something 🙂 Great post, Mel. I recently heard a pastor I’ve known for years (who comes from a church tradition that believes strongly in PSA) saying he had begun to question our understanding of Father God “turning away” from Jesus on the cross–specifically BECAUSE of his background as a scientist! He said that scientifically he simply couldn’t reconcile that theory to Col.1:17. If all things truly are held together IN HIM – if He became “separated” from Himself–scientifically speaking it all would have fallen apart. I thought that was pretty awesome logic 😉

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yeah, that’s a great point! I love it. There is definitely a revolution going on in this area of our understanding of God and of creation itself. The funny thing is, this is basically what the early church believed. People like Athanasius and Irenaeus were saying this stuff in the second and third century. We’re just rediscovering ancient truths. Thanks Cindy. Blessings to you.

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