“That there would be no schism in the body; but that the members would have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member honored, all the member rejoice with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:25-26)
There they are, all seated at a church social event. There is a speaker. There is a program. There are refreshments. They all sit there, looking straight ahead, paying attention to the program, but hardly at all to one another. Some may greet those seated near them, others do not. Some converse a little, others sit mute, seemingly not wanting to talk to anyone, or to have anyone talk to them. They are very quiet. What conversations do take place are very brief, and very superficial and trite. They are engineered to be that way. If any more lengthy conversations take place, they usually consist of a person’s health problems or their latest big trip. When the event is over, they all quietly and uncomplainingly leave, giving the impression the experience has been fulfilling and meaningful.
What is mysterious about the above scenario is that no one really knows what anyone else is really thinking or feeling. No one really gets to be known, or to know anyone else. Seemingly, being mute and protecting one’s identity from one another is planned and purposeful. Interesting.
A person can belong to such a group of Christians for years, attend regularly, and yet never really get to know anyone, much less gather any real friends there. Indeed, most group members “give the message” that they are definitely not interested in any type relatedness, even casual. They are mute and remote.
Where is the love of Christ in the above? No one is really connected. How can people want to continue attending group get-togethers like that? Seems to me the predominant characteristics are alienation and boredom!! No real sharing. No real joy. No real concern for one another expressed.
Well, you get the point. Christians shouldn’t act like that. Period. We should be relatable. Knowable. Interested in one another. Connecting. Having real fun together. Talking over serious concerns, with understanding and empathy, and not just trite subjects. Being friends and having friends.
A lot of Christians don’t “give a hoot” about the animals. Well, by the way they behave, they don’t “give a hoot” about each other either. Are they lazy? Self-protecting? Insecure? Well, who knows.
IT’S ALL QUITE MYSTERIOUS!!
Copyright 2012 Dr. Joyce The Caring Heart
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