marialing

The Christian Life, The Solitary Life

In Uncategorized on December 3, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I get the impression that many Christians are living solitary Christian lives.  I do also see many Christians living in communion with others in the pilgrim journey.  The Christian life is NOT a solitary life.  There are periods of solitude to be sought and practised in the spiritual life.  There are many who are monastics and who, depending on their vows, practise solitude for varying amount of times over the course of their whole lives.

But what about the majority of us who name ourselves Christians or believers in or followers of Jesus Christ?  We face life’s events, experiences, challenges and find ways of dealing with them – whether learning from them, avoiding them, moving on from having gone through them.  But for those painful or challenging events we sometimes find hard to reveal to others for whatever reason, we need to learn to take the risk discerningly and share it with someone in the communion of saints.  We cannot walk alone, we must not isolate ourselves.  We need to purposefully form community of faith and practice.  We need to learn to “Bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2) from “1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.”  Galatians 6:1-6 (NIV)

 

There are many passages I can look up and share now but speaking from my personal experience, I just need to say, “You cannot be a solitary Christian.”  One must not do it alone.  Christianity is a community-based faith and that community cannot become ghettoized either.  The Body of Christ embraces and includes, not closes the circle and shuts out – it should not.  Where Christ reigns, true compassion and hospitality are present, even among fallible, broken, self-centered Christians.

Solitude yes,  Solitary Life, no!

Open your arms and fall into the arms of the Body of Christ.

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  1. I really appreciate this post–It’s easy to become mindless in a walk of faith and convince myself that I am capable of keeping my own checks and balances. Thank you for sharing.

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