We exist only in relationship

The goal of the Christian faith is not more independence, but less. "Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel" (Philippians 1).

I saw this on campus here at Seattle Pacific University and thought it profoundly relevant:
"Ours is meant to be a desperately dependent existence"

God represents this in the fullest degree as example and proof. Where God is one, God is three. We bow and follow the Triune God, who exists as both-and. This model of relationship shapes everything about us. We, as one, make up the body of Christ where our selves are absorbed into the oneness of the Church. In marriage, the two become one. We are siblings, parents, friends, lovers, enemies. We exist only in relationship.

Reject the lie that to be successful, to be normal, to be human, to be American, to be an adult is to be independent and self-sufficient. There is no humanity without society. There is no Christianity without the Church. There is no you without me.


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