One thing I learned is that when it comes to family, we have a lot to learn. Sure, family is important – but our tradition of ‘get out on your own at eighteen’ takes away from some of the closeness that we could have if we didn’t emphasize success over sustainability. You see, they expect their children to move out only when they get married. Until then they can stay at home. It’s not just about being close to your parents, brothers, and sisters, but just as close to your aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. We might not think to ask all of our family within a five-mile radius if they want to come watch the latest movie with us at the local theater, but that’s just everyday down there.
Of course, we have just as much to learn about our whole Church family. Certainly we get close to our friends in our very own congregation, but when it comes to our extended family we don’t know very much. No family agrees about absolutely everything a hundred percent, but they agree enough to get along. After all, they’re stuck with each other. It’s much the same for those of us who call upon the name of the Lord. We don’t agree with each other entirely, but we are still stuck with each other. Not seeing each other doesn’t make us any less of a family, it just makes us a sore excuse for a family. How strange it is that we can show up for Inter-faith gatherings, but we are lacking when it comes to Intra-faith get-togethers. After all, if we’re going to all be in Heaven at the same time, why not take the time to get to know each other now?