We went to a different church yesterday for a visit. It is one of the area churches that we have submitted a resume to. We really enjoyed it, but that’s not the point of the post today.
The church was on the West side of Atlanta so we had to travel on I-20 through Atlanta to get to where we were needing to go. You could see the differences in the way of living as we drove through the different areas (of course you needed to look quick since we were on the Interstate). As we went by the different areas it made me start to think about some things, namely apathy.
I wonder if we (including me) become apathetic to the needs of others because we never leave our own areas. We travel in our own little circles surrounded by those who look like us, talk like us, dress like us, and have the same amount of money as us. I wonder if this affects our feelings towards those that do not have as much as we might have. When we never focus on anything outside of ourselves then we become oblivious to the needs of others.
It’s clear that this sort of attitude is directly against the teachings of Jesus. He intentionally went outside of his “circle” to reach out to others. (Think about the woman at the well, or eating with Matthew and his tax collector friends). We all need to make a better effort to look to the needs of those who might not look like us, talk like us, or dress like us.
Soli Deo Gloria!