Someone once told me about a church youth group they were in that decided to have a school spirit night at one of their youth meetings. Because of the church’s location, pretty much all of the kids in the youth group went to one high school…so that night the youth room was a sea of that school’s colors.
There was one kid who was wearing the colors of another high school, a hated cross-town rival. It was his first time to attend the youth group meeting; a friend someone had invited to come. But on that night when school spirit was running high, the visitor wearing the colors of the rival school was mocked and razed…on and on it went. It got so bad that the youth leaders had to stop everything and talk to the group about what was wrong about what they were doing.
Needless to say, it wasn’t exactly the experience the youth group leaders had planned. Needless to say it was the one, and only “school spirit night” they ever had. And needless to say the kid who was a visitor with the “other” school colors on never came back.
We live in a barrier and division generating culture and world. But it’s not just a high school thing…Just think red states and blue states, the Berlin Wall, and the explosion on social media following the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on gay marriage. We live in a barrier and division generating culture and world. And we pretty good at it ourselves.
The Good News is that with Jesus “everyone” means “everyone!” And like the woman at the well found out (John 4), Jesus knows all about the barriers and the history that stands between us and God…yet he ignores those barriers, pushes through them to engage us, and invites us into a deeper and deeper conversation and connection that changes our perspective of him and God’s grace. Click here to listen to more (July 19 sermon).
So get out of the way, stop erecting and maintaining those barriers that can keep you from all that Jesus is and offers…And let the transformation begin!
Your partner on the journey,