connection:

what is it about being connected to something that triggers my emotions? why is it that in order for me to get any fulfillment out of things i have to be connected first? is this wrong? i recently read a friend asking for some theories on why the “20 somethings” are being unreached by churches and what can the church do to reach them. i responded with the idea of showing genuine connection. it is a concept that i believe to be most effective with others because i respond the best when i feel connected with something. but am i alone? does society really promote true connection? in a world of instant gratification, one night stands, and fast food can true connection be a true option anymore? Do churches have time to form a genuine connection? it seems to me that there is a fine line. the church needs to understand that we are not battling against society for people. People and the way that they live make up society so the idea of its us against the world needs to be dropped in my belief. However, the church needs to use society as its barometer. Society will show the church the movement of the people the church is trying to reach. therefore the church can make itself more culturally relevant. for instance, a church in rural america is better off understanding that the society around them is rural instead of battling with the society around them. Understanding this will allow that church or whatever church to connect with the society that surrounds it. I am guilty of understanding that Christ wants to do a change in my life and expecting that change to have already taken place in the people around me. the world is going to act like the world acts. It is my responsibility and the churches to find a way to reach out and connect with these people in a way that makes sense and relates to them. I understand that i have rambled but i wanted to get a point across. We as a church need to start going to the world with a heart of love and arms of grace and embrace them instead of waiting for them to come to us. We need to show the world that the church (body of Christ) has something to offer them besides the idea of condemnation that follows the name of Christ around all too often. I need to show the world that true connection.

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