“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Yesterday we talked about a fast from technology and the rat-race. Today I was reminded why in a conversation with a friend. We live in a world of alternate universes!
For a variety of factors – work, lifestyle, education, and where I grew up, I have a ton of friends who are liberals, a ton who are conservatives, and a ton in the middle. They are increasingly living in alternate universes with way get information and the lens through which they process it. Because most interaction today is electronic, that forces the conversations to be very black and white, and very confrontational when you encounter the other universe. It is is insanity, because we really have much more in common than we have in dispute, yet dispute and division drives politics and the media and in turn us.
But when you put away the noise, what are you left with? Well, they are the things that unite us.
Friends, family, sports, hobbies, nature, work, food, etc.
But even in a world of division, here is some great advice on creating harmony in your community:
Romans 12:16 “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.”