We are all familiar with Zechariah 14:
The Apostle Dave Pack is big on special, chosen and otherness. In his mind, he fancies himself as the "me" to have those in the splinters rally under. It can be no other way and it is a ridiculous concept. Never going to happen in this age. Dave Pack would never attend a "come let us reason together session" unless he was in charge of it and everyone followed his reasonings, which as we know, have failed miserably of late. In his mind, his minuscule Church is the only one on the entire planet that is worth the time of those so disposed to be sure they are in the really true and exactly right church. It's a kind of sickness actually. After all, the Biblical consequences for being in the wrong one seem to be quite severe so one must get it exactly right or fall into the unchosen category. No stress there. Here is one man who fancies himself the one chosen minister of the God of the whole universe or all universes overseeing the otherness of a few thousand folk out of billions. That is otherness at it's best in the COGdoms of God. It is also ridiculous. For some reason it is inherent in humans to need to feel special and chosen above others to understand mysteries and even additional expansive elements of scripture that no one else sees or even would want to see if they were clear and critical thinkers.
Flurry and Weinland got all caught up in otherness as well along with Bob Thiel and have made fools out of themselves.
Otherness and chosenness seems to be much of the glue that holds good folk in the seats (well except when they gyrate) of rather transparent and dangerous to your actual spiritual health helpers of their joy falsely so called. Everyone likes the idea of being set apart and special. It just isn't actually true, but it feels good. It feels safer and that in a pinch, the God of all the Universe has your name near the top of His list to deliver, save, help and feed should the need arise. It is somewhat dis-illusionioning to find out that is not so but having illusions of choseness and otherness is comforting as long as you don't really need it proven to you. I have buried far too many children of the chosen ones whose Angels must have been on vacation when they were sorely needed to intervene. Arrows did fall on their right and left and they did fall nigh unto the chosen families as well.... I never found a parent beating on me to where I had to hold their arms until it passed and screaming "why!!" to be much proof of otherness in any special way.
We truly are all one. We have lost that view in the otherness and choseness that politics and religion sticks us with if we are so inclined. This short "sermon" resonates very well the truth that we are all the same, all from one source and all equal. There are not people more equal than others. There are huge egos and small minded men who fancy themselves as special and more in tune with their idea of truth than others, but the ego is the false self and full of, well you know. I am having some of my dad's cremains swirled into a galaxy and embedded in crystal to remind me that we are all conscious stardust for now and we shall return to it.
Enjoy this short sermon on the reality of we all are in the universe and the universe is in us. THIS is exactly what and how I would give one more sermon to the Churches of God if I had the chance... I know how he feels and how little place choseness and otherness would have in his vocabulary as well.