What if the Church was a Family?
I often chew on a thought for a long time, trying to solve a problem or trying to sort out my thoughts so I can actually write it down. Yet, no matter how long I think about it, I still have trouble writing it out in the best way so others can understand what I am saying. Therefore, I am just going to try to say what I want to say and hope that you will understand.
My thought is: what if Christian single men and women conversed with each other as brothers and sister in Christ? I see a lot of young singles who go round flirting with the opposite sex. Then there is the other side of the spectrum where the men stay with the men and the women stay with the women. I highly disapprove of the flirtatious type, yet I don’t agree with the segregation either. Also I see a lot of age segregation. It seems that in many churches today the older married women will talk with other older women, the younger married women have their little group, the children have their group, the singles their group, and etc. What would happen if we mixed up all these ages, so the young and the old could be in the same group? I think we would end up with more mature children and young adults. We would be seeing the older men and women teaching the younger ones as we are told in Titus 2. The younger adults would be more prepared for marriage when that time comes. The singles could get to know the opposite sex without having to date.
I have been blessed with a couple friends who are godly young moms. I love being around these moms, learning from them, listening to them, talking to them. They treat me like an adult and that makes me feel comfortable talking to them. Yet, I also have friends who are several years younger than me. I enjoy being with them, too. I think they are blessed that I would be their friend even though I am so many years older than them. I have the opportunity to be a godly example to them and I try my best to be so. I also have friends who are closer to my age who I love being with and talking to. Yet, I have very few guy friends, who talk to me as a sister in Christ.
I guess what I am trying to say is that the church is suppose to be a family. Everyone is suppose to work together, be there for each other, and build one another up, yet there is all this segregation. In my family there are four boys (three living) and five girls, plus Mom and Dad. We are all different ages. The oldest of us children is 25 and the youngest is 7, yet we all love being with each other, talking to each other, and playing games with each other. So what if the church learned to do that, too. What if the church stopped being segregated into age groups like a school? What if the church obeyed the Titus 2 command for the older to teach the younger? What if the young singles could speak to each other as brothers and sisters? What if the church lived like one big family?
Well, these are just a few of my thoughts that I wanted to pass on to you. What do you think about the issue? Do you see this age segregation in your church? I would love it if you left a comment and put in some thoughts of your own.
Thanks for reading! ;)