On Circling the Wagons…

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Out of the 19th century American movement known as “manifest destiny” we get the pioneering term “circling the wagons.” In a time when families were traversing the unknown wilderness of Western America they had to face outlaws, wildlife, native tribes and the elements. When danger would arise all of the wagons in the traveling caravan would make the call to “circle the wagons” and to come together to brave the impending danger together. We may not have caravans and wagons, but we do have family, friends, spouses and kids that are oftentimes forgotten as we try to brave the dangers that seek to divide us and make us feel isolated. The family as a unit is under attack as our popular culture displays the institute of marriage as a sham and teaches an unwavering distrust of authority. The diabolical(Greek word meaning to divide) can’t stand to see us coming together in support of one another. Christ teaches us to form relationships, to be there for our friends and family and be his hands and feet to those in our “caravan.” Join me as I ask myself how am I working to reinforce what Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”    

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