So I was thinking today whilst sitting on the tube, why do most Christians stick with Christians.
Obviously it’s a good thing, support and help in something that matters. To walk hand in hand along a path of righteousness. Makes sense, of course it’s important. I was thinking however, sometimes maybe we do it too much, we depend on other Christians to much and the environment that comes with it.
My thoughts resulted in this…do you ever remember when you were a kid, and built something great, say a treehouse? I built a few great tree houses in my day. Come to think about it, I wish it was still acceptable for a 24 year old man to build a treehouse! Anyway, on various occasions the bigger and badder boys would find my sweet hut and invade it, normally at first peacefully, checking out the surroundings and if they liked it would make it their own! Eventually my treehut wouldn’t be mine, in fact most of the time, the big boys would use it for drinking and drugs and I wouldn’t be aloud anywhere near it :(. I guess this metaphor is sometimes how I see the world, the world God created…he created for us a treehouse. Over time we’ve let the big bad boys take it over, so we have nothing to enjoy. The world is beautiful, I’ve been lucky enough to travel it and see parts of this treehouse. Unfortunately I’ve also seen how most of the people enjoying the sunsets and mountains and wildlife are the bad boys. (and by bad boys I don’t mean people who are bad, I just mean non christian…!)
In relation to what I’ve seen and experienced it creates this period where a shock factor is approached. Christians sometimes are so sheltered from “fun” that when they go through a transition and meet new friends, find new experiences and sometimes eventually forget about God. I therefore think it’s important to be ready, do things in the real world, see things and enjoy life. Otherwise we will sail through without really playing in the treehouse.