Christianity is plural. I don’t mean there are “Christianities,” but that Christianity includes community, togetherness, and a “one-anotherness” at its very core. Our spiritual and mystical connection with God is as the body of Christ and the church family.
- The good news is that, according to God, this familial dynamic is what we were created for. It’s part of our core DNA. We were made for relationship and the community of the church family.
- The bad news is that a war rages inside and outside of us that impedes and frustrates our enjoying the freedom, joy, and fulfillment of “becoming who we are.” Sometimes folk in our church family drive us crazy.
- We have a deep desire to be truly part of a church family: to be part of something bigger, connected to a Band of Brothers, Sisters, Uncles, Aunts, Grandparents, etc.
- At the same time, we also have a desire to protect our time, our privacy, our independence, and ourselves. We want things our way, and we want to be left alone. When we consider the communal nature of Christianity, our hands reach out to embrace and our heels dig in to resist.
- a chosen race,
- a royal priesthood,
- a holy nation,
- a people for his own possession.
But I also know how malice, deceit, hypocrisy, and envy can show up in my own heart and impact my relationship with my brothers and sisters in Christ and the church family. I’ve seen this impact the church family all too often.
In declaring the reality of “Who we are,” God is calling us to enter into something that we are. God’s saying, “This is the reality. Keep entering into it. Don’t be or become something you’re not.”
Take some time to read through 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 as you prepare for worship this week. If you can, consider how and when you have experienced the empowering joy of the plural nature of Christianity, and celebrate that goodness.
I look forward to working together as a church family tomorrow at Jerusalem House and worshiping together on Sunday.
Yours in Christ,