The human being was not meant to live alone. Our texts this week are instructions about life together—how to live with one another. “Choose life,” God tells the Hebrew people in Deuteronomy. Paul talks about doing work together, without aggregating praise or social status. And Jesus—well, Jesus has some pretty stringent requirements, none of which we can really meet.
These requirements are meant to help us live together. One way we speak about this these days is to talk about boundaries. It’s good to maintain healthy boundaries. Of course, Jesus' boundaries are less healthy than they are ideal. But they help clarify our lives. They help us distinguish between the appearance of goodness and goodness itself. Choose life—not the appearance of it, not the glitter of what promises to give life, but life itself.
Choose life—you could say, choose life together. Choose to be with one another. Choose to struggle with one another. Choose one another so you may flourish. Human beings were made to live together, sharing joys, struggles, concerns. And more than this, God has made human beings to live with him. Together.
No creed class tonight!