God is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’
– Acts 17:26&27
What I enjoy most about my Christian faith is how it blurs lines rather than drawing them; Jesus exposed and exposes the mental, social, and emotional walls that we put up between us and others for what they are: illusions.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
– Jesus, Matthew 25:40
Of course, I realize that many of my friends would say that Christianity has done the exact opposite and I wouldn’t argue with them. That fact makes me sad. But it doesn’t negate the goodness of the Gospel in Christ where we find that there is “One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all,” (Ephesians 4:6).
Why this blurring of lines and divisions is so fun to me is that Church is everywhere; God is in everyone! Life is so easily lived in compartmentalizations (walls and divisions): this person’s a sinner, that person’s a saint, this part of town is bad, those people are horrible, these people are great, God is at church, et cetera. The Good News (the meaning of the word “Gospel”) is that those compartmentalizations are delusional!
I love that when I encounter any and all people, I am encountering an utterly unique expression of God’s love and presence in all and through all (Colossians 3:11). Of course, not everyone (including Christians) is a reflection of this deeper Reality, but it is easier to see It in others once you’ve seen It in yourself. It is otherwise nearly impossible. Which is why a regular practice of silent prayer is so important and necessary.