This Is Who We Are. This is Whose We Are.
Luke 19:37-38 “As [Jesus] was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!’”
Luke 23:21-23 “…[the crowds] kept shouting, ‘Crucify, crucify him!’…[and] they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified…”
Luke 22:33 “And Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!”
Luke 22:57 “Peter denied it, saying ‘Woman, I do not know him.”
Luke 22:58 Peter cried, “Man, I am not one of them!”
Luke 22:60 “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!”
“This isn’t who we are.” 14 Minneapolis police officers, after their colleague Derick Chauvin killed George Floyd.
“This isn’t who we are.” Oklahoma University President David Borden, after fraternity brothers assaulted a coach with racial slurs.
“This isn’t who we are.” Colorado District Attorney George Brauchler said, after one person was killed and eight injured at a school shooting in Highlands Ranch.
“This isn’t who we are.” Northfield, NJ, after an 11 year old Latino boy was verbally assaulted and his mother’s car was vandalized.
“This isn’t who we are.” former NBC Golf Channel anchor Lisa Cornwell, valiantly trying to defend a colleague being attacked by the senior director, a man who has been accused of fostering and tolerating a “boys’ club culture” at the network.
“This isn’t who we are.” Salem, SD mayor, after a black man’s car was vandalized with slurs, a Confederate flag, and a Nazi symbol.
“This isn’t who we are.” St. Louis MO, according to a columnist who seeks to make the case that the present day GOP is not the party of Trump.
“This isn’t who we are.” Washington, D.C., according to Rep. Pete Stauber, following the January 6 insurrection, led by the former President whom he supports.
“This isn’t who we are.” President (then-elect) Biden, January 7, in his remarks following the January 6 Capitol Insurrection
“This isn’t who we are.” Commissioner Bob Ott of East Cobb, Georgia, after several anti-Semitic defamations occurred last year.
“This isn’t who we are.” Says Senator Maria Cantwell, about families being separated at the border.
This is, actually, who we are.
Luke 23:33-34 “When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
Luke 23:44-46 “It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed his last.”
This is whose we are.
Indeed. Some days, I am not convinced that ego and self-awareness were necessarily excellent evolutionary innovations. . .