Community Lost

Occasionally I write a commentary Today’s is not aimed at Christians but people of any belief system. As I was reading the newspaper yesterday and came to one of my favorite parts the little “Looking Back” feature in the Houston Chronicle. One if the events made me stop and think about how as a country we in the USA have lost a lot of our community. So, I want to ask you a question. Do you know what you were doing on February 9, 1964? I will give you a hint, it was a Sunday. I can guess what a great majority of you who were alive that Sunday evening were doing. You were most likely in a living room watching the Ed Sullivan Show. Why? Because that night the Beatles made their US broadcast debut.

For mu younger readers, back then most people only had access to three broadcast networks. Certain shows were so popular that the majority and sometime much more than a majority would be watching the same show at the same time. Before DVRs if you missed a show when it originally aired you may have missed it entirely and at best you might get to see it during summer reruns. The Ed Sullivan Show was one show in particular that drew audiences of all ages. On Monday mornings people would talk about the show, who was on it, which act was the best or which was the worst. While there were fewer entertainment choices there was a commonality of experience we lack today.

With hundreds of cable channels to watch and an unlimited number of internet site to entertain us we can go weeks without watching the same things those around us watch. We become more and more isolated. We can now watch only those people we totally agree with and can go days without hearing an opinion that we disagree with. Conservatives watch Fox News while liberals watch MSNBC. We can read only those periodicals that we agree with or only blogs that we agree with.

When we lose these common touchstones we lose our sense of community. With this loss we find it harder and harder to work together. Even when we have common goals we can find that we no longer hear each other so nothing gets done. Rather than seek common cause we blame each other.

One of the greatest things about the USA was that this country took people from all over the world and made them one. We could celebrate our diversity and our common heritage as Americans. Today though we worship at the altar of diversity and look on common ideals as something to be feared and avoided at all cost. We label ourselves and others and we find ourselves in camps us versus them.

It is possible to hold different and even conflicting ideologies and still work together for the common good. We need to recognize that good ideas can come from all beliefs. We do not have to cast off our values to work together. Modern technology is a wonderful too. But it is just a tool. We should not let our tools separate us.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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3 Responses to Community Lost

  1. I believe David that there are some things that it doesn’t matter if there is diversity, Ron enjoys football, I don’t, I enjoy craft, Ron doesn’t, but when it comes to God’s Truth there can be no differences, the Holy Spirit does not say one thing to someone and something different to another when they contradict but he may tell you something new to share with me or I with you but it will always be confirmed in Scripture.

    Paul warned about disunity in the Church, we follow Christ not man. I make it a point not to follow those who add to Scripture or take away from it and who confirm it wit their own understanding or others.

    I follow you David because I respect you as a man who Loves God and others and I see this in your words and actions both Ron and I are also very thankful for your Compassion and your Prayers for us.

    Philippians 2:1-6 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of Love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same Love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

    1 Corinthians 1: 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

    Philippians 3:14-16 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, where to we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

    1 John 4:6-8 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us Love one another for Love is of God and every one that Loveth is Born of God, and knoweth God. He that Loveth not knoweth not God; for God is Love.(KJV)

    2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in Peace; and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you.

    2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

    Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one anther’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

    Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne.

  2. dwwork says:

    Anne, thanks for your kind words. Even though we may disagree on some things we are both doing our part to bring Christ to an unbelieving world. I enjoy your posts and how you have made your blog come alive with videos and art. My goal with my blog is to get people to dig deeper into God’s Word and I am appreciative of how your comments add to my original writing. Even our disagreements have encouraged me to dig deeper myself. Even though we live on opposite sides of this planet I know that eventually we will eventually live on the new earth worshiping God side by side. Have a blessed day, David

  3. As I shared with you before David, I never agree to disagree, it is disobedience to do so, we are to resolve our differences not ignore them. You have not shared any Scripture that confirms we continue to sin after we are Born Again of God’s seed and nor has anybody else. We are to be in agreement with God’s Truth as the Scriptures I shared with you confirm not what man thinks in their own or in other peoples understanding.

    No one can water down God’s Truth to gel with what they believe or have been taught in error and also walk in Victory.

    Blessings – Anne.

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