This was the first post I ever did. I still feel the same way.
I have become increasingly sick of social media. I spend more time disliking my “friends” because of the things they post than I do actually getting to know them. Why are we all so intent on sensationalizing things? Why is the Us vs. Them mentality so prevalent in our culture? Why do we allow ourselves to be manipulated into maintaining this idea that in order to be right someone else must be wrong?
I am one of those rare people that researches the validity of things other people post. So when I heard about former NYC Mayor Ed Koch being buried at Trinity Wall Street, I did my research. Koch has said that his Jewish faith is very important to him, so I wondered why he would want to be buried at an Episcopal Church. The answer has more to do with staying in Manhattan than anything else, but I read something that current Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at his funeral that really got me thinking. Bloomberg said, “Just think about it: a Polish Jew in an Episcopal graveyard in a largely Dominican neighborhood. What could be more New York — or even more Ed Koch?” I will add what could be more like heaven?
This idea got me thinking about what cemeteries can teach the living. The notion of people from all walks of life and religious backgrounds being placed, purposefully, for their bodies to spend eternity together is an amazing thing and what I know heaven will look like. This seems to be the exact opposite notion of what I get from social media. The heaven I imagine when I read my news feed on Facebook will be angry, frustrated, segregated, and lonely. That heaven reminds me that there is not another person on the planet that agrees with me on everything. That should be something to celebrate, but time after time it makes me scared and sad.
Fear is one of the leading causes of isolation and social isolation can be harmful to our overall health. The culture of fear is becoming more powerful and our ability as Christians to fight that culture is becoming more difficult. We are called in Romans 12:2 “to be not conformed of this world” and that is a tough calling to follow. How do we as Christians turn the tide on this culture of fear? How do we find ways to be in the world but not of it? How do we influence those around us to look for commonalities in each other?
My answer – I will intentionally decide to spend eternity with people from all walks of life and religious backgrounds. I will force myself into difficult and uncomfortable relationships with people whose ideals scare me. I will seek out the commonalities in people instead of isolating myself from them. I am determined to make my life look more like a cemetery, and that is a really weird thing to say 🙂
Leave me a note and let me know what you will do to answer that call.