Why don’t we just “get along?”

We live in a time that it is not easy to get along.  The news is full of the “don’t get along” so there’s no need for me to illustrate that.  Social Media is swamped with the “don’t get along” so, why would I need to tell you about that.  Morning coffee groups tend to separate into those who think one way or the other.  Work becomes driven with making sure that you don’t offend the one in charge.  School is made up of cliques burdened with peer pressure this way or that.  So, our temptation becomes “this is what I think and if you are hanging with me, you will think the same way I do.”

The American culture thrives on “this is what I think.”  We tend to idolize the independent thinker and if you disagree with me, we “don’t get along.”  If you don’t think so, just check out the historical continental congress and even some of the early campaigns (1700s and early 1800s).  For instance, look at the John Adams and Thomas Jefferson bid for the presidency.

Take another step back in history, the Garden of Eden and the recently created Adam and Eve.  God’s standard was clear (Genesis 2:17), “Don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”  The relationship that Adam and Eve shared with God was unbelievable.  God made a regular physical appearance to them in the garden.  All of them cherished this time together.  But man sought to be his own “man” and sin enters the creation.  Pretty much the first thing to vanish was the relationship with God.  Why is it that the first thing to disappear with our independent thinking are our relationships?  Furthermore, why is it that in order for a relationship to thrive we must practice humility and lay aside some of our independence?

It isn’t easy to be humble.  Our schools are educating children in teamwork and humility.  The workplace is striving to put forth a vision which draws together members of the work force in teamwork and humility.  The greatest victories of America are the ones where we come together (usually against a common foe) and humbly accept each other.  Why is it then that God’s creations are looked upon as trivial and out-of-date? 

God created man & woman who humbly lay aside their independence and are joined together in marriage.  God created family and siblings to teach us that humility in sharing is a priority for relationships.  God created church in which our priorities are humbly relating to God first and then, each other.  One instance, foot washing doesn’t happen with independent thinking.  God created government and the only way that it really works well is when “…he who is least among you all—he is the greatest. (Luke 9:48).”

It isn’t easy to relate with someone else, but the benefits are God made.