Who We Are: Connected To Others
Ever feel left out?
There’s a lot that contributes to that feeling of separation: Class, race, personality, intelligence,
behavior, – some of the categories that separate people.
There are a lot of studies about the effects of “not belonging”. Depression, desperate behavior, detrimental to overall health, can become a spiral…
And these feeling can have greater intensity if the experience of not belonging has religious implications.
- Being judged
- You’ve displeased God
- God doesn’t care
- You have to earn God’s love and acceptance – and you just can’t do that.
These same feelings affected people back in Jesus’ day. e.g. Pharisees and sinners
But Jesus taught all who listened that even those people who felt left out could re-connect with God and feel that they belonged again.