Funny how things are at odds with their proper place. People too often experience the feeling of being perpendicular to the way the world works as well as how we live in relation to other human beings. The big picture project entails bringing together all things in Christ – reconciliation.
The Revelation 7 passage from the RCL for this week provides a visual image of what it would look like for people from everywhere to stand in reconciled relationship with each other. It would be a picture of people form every nation, tribe, language and tongue.
Christian communities of faith may gift their local communities with living illustrations of reconciled relationships. Too often we gift our communities with the more of the same – just how may we go on living perpendicular to one another. Rather than living at odds maybe it should be that odd people find freedom in whole relationships because of Jesus. And, the peculiarity evidenced is less about how we may stand out in the crowd and more about how we stand next to others in the name of Jesus.
What are your thoughts?