This Week in Church: Solidarity and the Ocean

Welcome to the series wherein I share my take-aways from church. The things that, I think, are beneficial to all of us to know or think about, whether or not we believe in any church-related things.

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This week in church, we talked about solidarity.

One of the examples Jesus sets that we could all adopt is what the pastor referred to as his "radical solidarity" for his people. He was known for rebuking the religious leaders who were doing all the right things to appear to be following God and associating himself completely with those whose lifestyles were considered way off the mark.

He picked his people by looking at their hearts and then wasn't afraid to stand completely with them, where they were, in their lives. He also wasn't afraid to make people uncomfortable by calling out their hypocrisies.

How do we pick our people? Do we stand with them, no matter what? Are we afraid to make the establishment uncomfortable?

This week in church, we talked about the ocean.

I don't know if there is a significant lesson here, but I truly appreciated the opportunity to think about the beautiful contradictions within the ocean. It is full of fragility and life and teensy-tiny ecosystems as well as vast, crushing power and violence, and its glory can only be experienced in person.

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