Can a community prevent betrayal?
Think about that for a moment. Can a group of people actually stop betrayal, sin, and disconnection?
And if its possible to do…how do you practically do it?
This is the question we are going to really look at on Sunday. We want to look at how to create a community that doesn’t allow people to slip through the cracks, to walk out into darkness, and to betray each other.
Before I give you my thoughts and suggestions: what about you?
What do you think is important for a community, or group of people to do to prevent betrayal? What types of actions would a community take to promote life, and prevent breakdown of relationships? And more importantly if you have ideas are you actively practicing them in your community?
Because ideals and ideas are great, but tangible action and “doing” is best.
So how can you start to contribute to your community so that it prevents betrayal and breakdown, and promotes life and love?
2 thoughts on “A Preventable Betrayal”
That is a great, thought-provoking question. My initial reaction is that we can’t prevent betrayal, but we can make it less likely. We decrease the odds of betrayal dramatically, and influence positive change, by introspection, and inviting God to search our hearts. If, rather than living a life of religious pride, I am authentic–admitting to my own humanity and sin–first before God, then within myself and finally with people around me, I am not likely going to be the betrayer. That authenticity will influence others and have a positive impact on those in my sphere of influence. If an entire group of believers would tend first to our own hearts, and then commit to walking each other through temptations and struggles, rather than living a life of self preservation and judgement, betrayal would be less frequent. We would give people the freedom to share temptations and struggles, rather than hide them. At the end of the day, if Jesus did not prevent betrayal, even though he was authentic and sinless, we won’t eliminate it either.
I really love the thought that if an entire group of believers would tend first to our own hearts, and then walk with people with grace that betrayal would be less frequent. I also think your right we won’t eliminate it, but if we walk with people in grace it makes it far less likely.