A traveler passing through a foreign country is walking along the road, singing the words to his favorite song in his own language, but many of the people where he is traveling consider themselves enemies of the country of his birth. Some hear his melodious singing in a foreign language and immediately hate him because of his words and cannot bear to even listen to him — but others appreciate the tune and even wonder to themselves what he might be saying in his words. So there is a clear difference between those he encounters — those who cannot bear to hear his singing and draw back from him — or those who draw closer to hear more.
We might wonder to ourselves about two things at work here — the language that divides so strongly, and the melody that draws, but we should not miss the third
That is the message in the lyrics, that just might be uncovered and understood — in that place where strangers become neighbors, neighbors become friends, and friends become brothers.
And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that “‘they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.'”
Mark 4:11-12 ESV
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.
Mark 4:33-34 ESV
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Peter 2:7-8 ESV
So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:10-17 ESV