The 10 People You Know
Posted: Friday, March 24
Verse of the day:
"If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!" (Luke 6:32 NLT)
Let’s play a little social experiment. Let’s begin with the premise that all of us know 1000 people. It could be more or less, but let’s agree upon 1000. This includes your dentist, your coworkers, your family, and your neighbors. Now . . . warm up your imagination and let’s compress those 1000 people down to 10. What if you only knew 10 people? Think desert island, and let’s clarify the scenario. You don’t get to choose which of the 1000 you keep. Each is chosen a random—an even sampling of your current relationships.
Enter this world, and let’s approach these ten people. Five of them have a different gender than you, and at best, one is within five years of your age. Think of the spiritual views of the 1000 people you know and shrink it down to 10. How many in your 10 have the same spiritual views as you? One? Two?
Here’s what I believe about you. I believe that if you only knew 10 people, you would care about all 10. You can’t separate tribes when you only know 10 people. I believe you would engage someone 30 years older, someone of a different culture, someone in a drastically different financial circumstance. I believe you would build bridges. If someone in that group became hostile, I believe you would seek reconciliation. I believe you would love your enemies because you would view them as indispensable.
But we don’t only know 10 people . . . we know 1000, and the people we spend our time with aren’t chosen for us. We choose them.
I believe that today our ‘enemies’ aren’t created by our hate as much as our indifference. If someone is too abrasive, too different, or too difficult, we erase them. We cannot echo the kingdom of heaven if we only love those who love us back.