I’ve noticed recently that some of my younger friends (teenagers especially) are better at breaking through the man-made boundaries of church organization.
I’m certain that you know what I mean by “man-made boundaries of church organization”? You know, those boundaries that say we should only attend meetings with a certain group of people, or we should only discuss spiritual things with “our church,” or we should only hang out with the right kind of Christians, or we only have responsibilities toward other “church members”.
But, I’ve noticed that my children and their friends do not have those same kinds of hangups. In fact, among their group of friends, there are people from many different church organizations. Yet, they all hang out together, and they all share in one another’s lives.
They often meet with one another’s churches, and even attend events put on by other churches. (Of course, the church organizations don’t always know what to do about this. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been “visited” because our children attended some function. The assumption is that we’re not “happy” with our church and want to “join” their church. More indication of man-made boundaries…)
I’m encouraged at the way I see these young believers living and sharing their lives. Not only does it give me hope, but it also makes me wonder if us older folks could learn something from this teenagers.