W.A.N.E. – The Us & Them Syndrome

By Robyn Spradlin

by Danielle Dolin

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” – Abraham Lincoln

The 16th President of the United States – Abraham Lincoln made that statement in 1861. His words have probably never been truer than they are today. The sensation of taking sides, whether it’s over who likes Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts better, what sports teams are headed to the playoffs, or who’s running for public office, and being at odds in the debate has had everyone feeling the “us and them” syndrome at least once.

When you’ve huddled with your bestie and the discussion swirls, you’re likely sensing the closeness and confidentiality you share with a friend. If your best friend is anything like mine, you have many things in common and other things, well, not so much. However, those things have never put my bestie and me at such polarizing ends of the spectrum that we tossed our friendship because of it.

Unfortunately, we aren’t best friends with everyone in the world, and there are topics, situations, ideologies, and cultural creations that generate roadblocks and barriers. Then, they trap the elephants in the room rather than release them into the wild.

In these situations, the “us and them” syndrome creeps forward. Our differences become more pronounced. The situation complication looms large, and we build formidable walls to keep “them” separated from “us.” Our imagination works overtime, and rifts of gargantuan proportions are constructed. In some cases, divide grows so wide, they’re never reunited or healed.

These are searing words painting portraits of doom, but that’s not the message the We Are Not Enemies movement is propagating. On the contrary, W. A. N. E.’s message is the exact opposite. Looking at the name alone screams there are no “us and them.” It’s WE. Who are we?

First of all, we are God’s creation, His masterpiece, the human race, a family. Skin color, political perspective, religious background, cultural constructs, and others are some of the barriers we’ve allowed to magnify differences rather than enhance similarities. Coming to the realization we are humankind, created in the image of God, made in His likeness (Genesis 1:26, 27, KJV), gives the perspective that we are all made from the same material and aren’t really that different.

Do you think God views His masterpiece with the “us and them” syndrome? I think not. As mentioned prior, we were created in his likeness. He sees a unified body, not divided or disjointed. Scripture describes a unified body in Ephesians 4:16, a body fitly joined together and compacted by every joint’s supply. That’s who we are.

Come, join the W.A.N.E. movement – praying prayers of forgiveness. Let’s rebuild the United States – together.

Robyn Spradlin is a freelance journalist working as a contributor for Christian News Journal covering news and politics on the national and state levels. She has worked as a copywriter for Victory News on the Victory Channel since 2022. Robyn has an BA in Communication Studies and MA in Journalism from Regent University and is a member of the Evangelical Press Association. She is an author, evangelistic minister and a musician. She lives in South Florida where she enjoys the outdoors when she’s not writing.

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