Intentional Segregation

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Matthew 22:36

Confronting intentional segregation.

Over the weekend, members of our church were encouraged to volunteer with an annual community event hosted by an adjoining township.

The goal was merely this. Get out from behind the church doors and go meet our neighbors.

We were asked to put aside our preconceived notion that we (the body of believers) are somehow any different from our neighbors.

Here it was that we were asked and not forced to do something as simple as stepping away from our own personal religiosity islands and step on land to where there are people who are identical in nature and are experiencing or have experienced life as we all do.

The first day of the event, I took my grandson’s place and volunteered on his behalf.

Entering the park there was a huge swelling of people, in particularly, young families with their toddlers and teenagers.

Checking in with the volunteer coordinator, I was taken to my assigned area and introduced to two volunteers that I would be working with.

Seated at my station, I had the opportunity to get to know the two volunteers and found each to be pleasant and open about who they are and some things they are going through at this present time.

As I listened to one volunteer, you would have thought we had known each other for years but that wasn’t the case. We only knew each other by no more than an hour, yet, we had a kinship with each other that God meant for us to have.

It’s known as a human connection.

A relationship.

When Jesus responded to His disciple question about which was the great commandment in the law His answer was to the point.

First, a relationship with God the Father. And second, a relationship with each other.

After my designated time volunteering, I realized that Christians have to do a better job of relating with those who may not believe in Jesus.

We have to stop intentionally segregating our personal God from the true and living God.

Jesus said to him, ”You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40

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