In today’s world I am able to dictate many of the persons with whom I interact as well as much of the information that I receive. With the abundance of media options I can flick between CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and basically hear whatever opinion I might have confirmed. Social media allows me to curate ‘friends’ and ‘follows’ and as soon as I disagree or get tired of someone I can dismiss them so that I don’t have to hear or see their opinions ever again. There are definitely some positives to this way of life, but I also wonder if we are creating echo chambers where we fool ourselves into thinking everyone thinks like we do.
One of my favorite aspects of the church is that it is made up of persons I may not willingly choose. There are persons of different ages, different life stages, different opinions, different beliefs, different values; yet we are all one in Christ Jesus. We don’t get to choose our family. God tells us who our family will be and we are all the better for it. On Sunday we will gather as the mismatched family that we are to further examine how the resurrection of Jesus Christ continues to create a new family that witnesses to God’s love for the world.