Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Wilderness

The wilderness is composed of individualized segments of all kinds with barriers impenetrable in many ways. We are a very individual separated society in many ways. Look around you and you will soon discover we live for ourselves and don't even try to understand each other mainly because we are very selfish and want to be left alone.
Commitment to relationships is a thing of the past. When we are part of a group we tend to be exclusive in that relationship. Look at our church groupings. We want people to become members so we can force our brand of thinking on those who are part of us. God help us if you should have a slightly different understanding of doctrine, practice, lifestyle or belief. So we put up walls that we may be "pure". What are we thinking! Is not the gospel for the whole world?
This isolation is also true of political parties. I don't know if I need to say a whole lot about this except to tell you to have a look at how we do government or political campaigns. We don't try to get along and understand the others point of view. Instead we tear down each other rather then trying to understand common ground so we could govern.
Need I tell you of family fractures? Broken marriages and estrangements are all arouund us so that today we need all kinds of counseling and therapy agencies to try to mend these fractures.
I could go on with examples from all areas of our society. If you think about it you can think of situations in your own life where this exclusivity is present. Where walls of misunderstanding and isolation exist.
This is the wilderness we live in. In future blogs I will begin to flesh out where I believe we need to go to tear down these walls and begin to build bridges to hurting people

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