With a swipe of a finger you can "unfriend" someone.
Such a middle school term, really. Will you be my friend? Yes. Maybe. Then again, no.
And, it breaks my heart that women of God, women that claim Jesus as their Savior, have fallen prey to the trap of isolating themselves from people based on (fill in the blank) one swipe (soul) at a time.
Sadly, "unfriending" isn't confined to social media. It happens every single day in real time. Why? I mean, c'mon right? The two biggies of the Bible are:
1) Love God with everything. (Paraphrased by AW)
2) Love your neighbor as yourself.
No ifs, ands, or buts. Jesus is abundantly clear on these two points. So, what's our problem?
I think it's twofold:
a) We don't understand the relationship between commandments 1 and 2. If you love God with your heart, mind, soul, and strength, you come to realize God is love. God loves you, His creation. Therefore, you are commanded to treat yourself with respect and care, not because you are yours. But because you are His.
b) Once we understand #1, then we have a picture of what loving self means. We are left with #2, love your neighbor, only to scratch our heads and continue the questioning. Who? What? Where? When? How? Your neighbors, whether they claim Jesus or not, are image bearers of the same Creator who wove you together one cell at a time.
Clarity is our friend and remembering who we are and why we are here brings meaning to every breath we are given.
In her book, Never Unfriended, the author addresses what it looks like to love your friends and how to accept the love demonstrated through the act of befriending. Through personal stories, biblical truths, and beautiful word pictures, Lisa Jo Baker is transparent in revealing her strengths, weaknesses, lessons learned, and celebrated victories. Every syllable of this book resonated in the truth of my every day, and I highly recommend it to every image bearer that claims friendship as part of a living, breathing testimony that points to Jesus.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.