It breaks my pastor heart to see how divided we are in our world today. We gravitate to the things that separate us and focus on how we are different, often at the cost of meaningful relationships and potential connections. I wonder how many opportunities for sharing the transformational love of Christ we miss because of the divisive nature of our world?
Christina was reading Malcom Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers a few weeks ago and it proved to be a source of healthy discussion in our family about how we engage with those that we don’t know and the nature of our modern society built around areas of trust and distrust. Have you ever examined yourself for how you engage with those you don’t know or who are different than yourself?
It has been encouraging for Mark and me to see and hear the conversations at the various home gatherings over the last few weeks. First-Centenary is a congregation that has a storied history and is comprised of a variety of theological views. It is that diversity that allows us to be a voice and leader in the Chattanooga area. Breaking bread in different homes with different groups of congregation members has reminded me of the practice of Jesus to eat with strangers and enter into intentional relationship with those around him.
Our Clergy team continues to keep our congregation in our prayers as we move into a divisive election year and a tense time of denominational identity, it is my hope that we would seek out both intentional relationship within the Body of Christ and developing intentional relationship out in the community in order that all might come to know the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
In Christ, Will
Published on Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 2:23 PM EDT