For my exciting Saturday evening, I binge-watched season 5 of The Walking Dead. Not all of it, just most of it.
It is interesting to me how the core group of the show has been scattered many times over the course of the series, yet they always find a way to reconnect.
That’s a great picture of the Church. We meet corporately on Sunday to remember and celebrate what God has done during the week and then each go our separate ways on Monday through Saturday, to reconnect the next Sunday.
I’ve learned that that by itself isn’t enough. You need more than once a week togetherness to pull through. You need brothers and sisters in Christ who will encourage and support, as well as hold you accountable at least once or twice during the week (other than Sunday).
There it is. Not exactly earth-shattering or new. The secret is community.
Yet how many times are we tempted and drawn to the whole “you have to fight your battles alone and trust no one but yourself” thing? It seems that the first instinct when any struggle arises is to retreat into isolation.
That’s where most temptations are fought . . . and lost.
Most of us aren’t strong enough to face demons alone. We do really need each other.
So that’s my not exactly original message to you. It’s been said before (and probably better), but it does bear repeating that community is vital to survival in a world increasingly hostile to those who proclaim and actually follow Jesus.
It’s probably only going to get worse from here on out, so take heart and reach out to connect with fellow believers.
That’s all I have on this Saturday night at 10:29 pm.