In my last post, I talked about embracing your place. Seeing the eternal value of serving others in mundane, physical ways; specifically in the role of motherhood, but really, in so many others, as well. Immediately after publishing that post, my mind was swirling with an addendum. What if, along with embracing our place, we embrace each other?
Let’s call this Christianity 101. In a way, it’s really Humanity 101, because the basic premise applies to us all, regardless of spiritual beliefs. But bear with me as I stick to the Christian verbiage, because I’m not sure what the secular translation would be.
The Body of Christ. Sunday School basics, right? We all have our own part to play, based on our gifts, skills, and passions. If we work cohesively, it’s a beautiful thing. If we try to take over someone else’s role, it just doesn’t work. If you’re familiar with Psalty the Singing Songbook, you might remember the song about the Body of Christ.
“I am the eye, I go blink-blink. I am the eye, and I can wink. I am the eye, but I can’t think. That belongs to my friend the brain!” And so on, each part declaring their strengths, while acknowledging that they can’t do it all.
Even worse than shoving our self in a position that belongs to someone else is if we devalue their role. If we mock their passion as something unworthy of their efforts. You may think you’d never do that, but it happens subtly.
What does that look like?
It is usually expressed with some version of, “there are more important things to do/fight for/promote”
If someone lobbies for the change of unjust laws, someone else will say that this is just our temporary home. Why bother?
If someone stands up for freedom of religious expression, someone else will say there is no persecution here; others are dying for their faith.
If someone fights for quality school lunches, because there are kids in our country who rely on that meal to sustain them, someone else will say that somewhere else in the world there are children actually starving to death.
If someone tries to defend children’s rights to genital integrity, someone else will say that children are being murdered in the womb. Death is worse.
If someone decides they are going to stop wearing leggings, or bikinis, or low-cut tops, and encourages others to consider doing the same, someone else will say that it only matters what’s in their heart. Only salvation matters.
We end up tearing each other down, belittling causes and ministries that are not only dear to someone’s heart, but also God-ordained.
If you don’t feel passion for another person’s cause or ministry, that’s fine. We are not all required to be a part of all things. Remember that Body of Christ thing? Do what you are designed, or called, or gifted to do.
Jesus is…. Loving. Compassionate. Blunt. Serving. Forgiving. Confrontational. Patient. Humble. Cunning. Strong.
He is all those things, and we’re supposed to represent Him to the world. To be those things as we do His work, whatever that is for us, personally. To live so that others will see Him. In us. How can we be all of those things?
We can’t. Jesus is all. We can’t be all, and we can’t do all. Embrace each other, and trust Him to use each of us to cover all the bases.