I’m realizing more and more, that you and I have much in common. Thanks for the post.
Life as an outsider
- They look and act different than the group.
- Depending on how exclusive the group may be, they may be picked on by the group.
- Groups that prize diversity need outsiders.
- Groups that want to grow need outsiders.
- Jesus was an outsider.
- We are born as outsiders from the kingdom of God.
Seth my “outside” brother…This really helped me understand that fundamentally I am wired to be an “outsider” but lived much of my life as a “schmoozing insider”. Notwithstanding the pains involved laced with some sadness I’m glad to find people like Julian of Norwich and Saint John of the Cross my current heros.
And hence the problem with so many churches, they are full of insiders.
Have never been a groupie or part of the “in crowd” either; and have always been pleased to have not been so.
Walking with the Lord is certainly not on the inside in the USA these days, nor was it on the inside during His days here…….
I have been in churches where people reach out to you and invest in developing a genuine relationship with you without any agenda other than wanting to know you and be in relationship with you. But I have also been in other churches where people “front” wanting to know you in an attempt to get you to join a ministry, but quickly disappear if you haven’t taken the bait, for lack of a better word, without ever really getting to know you at all. I really struggle with the latter example, but God is teaching me through these experiences. Thank you for the reminder that Jesus, too, was at times treated as an outsider and more than that, although he cared for all, he really only connected at a deep level with a select few while here on earth. Perhaps in time I will find a group of people who will embrace my God given uniqueness (which is just another way of saying I’m weird). 🙂
P.s. Sorry for not capitalizing the H’s… Non-conformity is the nature of the beast.
Jesus was the ultimate outsider.
Which makes me question…
“How can any true man or woman of God be an insider?”
Count me in, I mean out! Thanks again hermano for the words of wisdom. Your words hit a strong chord in my heart, especially being back in GA and feeling more like a Mexican than a Georgia. Thanks!
Just got back again from Mexico and wow! God is at work in the lives of a church in Matamoros. Amazing God we serve. Kind of ironic thinking about this, but they recently got forced out of their facility by a certain group of bad guys, and they meet ‘out’side now in a church member’s yard. But they are so ‘in’ to Jesus, they don’t know how badly they’ve been treated. They just have joy and peace. Amazing God, amazing love.