It always amazes me how as adults we tend to naturally become cliquish. Is this intentional? I don’t think so. Yet, if people feel excluded or unwelcome is it a clique?
A friend of mine mentioned that she thought a certain group of ladies were kind of cliquish. What was interesting was I was feeling a little uncomfortable with this group or being linked to them as a group. So it made me think about how it would appear to the outside looking in. If these folks had any idea this is how they were viewed… I had to believe that they would be disturbed. I am giving them the benefit of doubt.
Then I also had to ask… do we become friends with the “non-christian” midst a group of professed christians… to “witness” to them? Then what?
I am not saying this is all based on any facts… I am just looking in a window… and I see this group that has become a small unit.
It always disturbs me to see friendships go by the wayside. Especially when there is no reason. Most of my friendships … are lifers. You are stuck with me. We may not talk daily etc…. but if I love you… you are stuck.
So I wonder if we as Christians are cliquish? Is it easier to be friends with a christian verses a non-christian? Should that be even taken into account?
I would have to say no. If you are my friend, it is because I enjoy you… the whole person. We may have different beliefs… I am not a animal lover… you may be. You may eat octopus… I will not hold it against you…
I have a hard time with the concept of witnessing … by befriending. The best witness of Christianity is just by being. No one should have to ASK if I am a christian. I truly hope it is in my spirit, my actions, it is just a part of who I am.
Yet… being a Christian does not make us better than others. I know that many people will be in heaven because they live a true Christian life just being who they are every day.