I can’t get this song out of my head.
I blame Megan Draper.
I have to say it may have been the only good thing about Sunday’s episode for me.
I’ve watched Mad Men from the beginning and I’d like to say I’m happy it’s back but really I’m not sure I care because it’s been so long and I feel so disconnected. I think it’s that way with a lot of things. It definitely seems to be that way with church. People tend to talk to me about their faith (occupational hazard) and it’s often a reflecting on how things were, or how much it meant to them back in the day. Once you’ve walked away it’s hard to come back. Things are never as they were and memories become hazy and it’s easier to let things lie. They’ve lost connection with the community. It’s hard to reconnect after a long time away.
I was willing to let go of the show. I was willing to walk away after Sunday night’s episode but my husband says I cannot, I must give it a chance. I know this is only a television show and it doesn’t affect my life if I don’t watch it but it got me thinking. Are we willing to put in the effort it takes to reconnect with those who are not connected with the faith any longer? Are we willing to put ourselves out there and share our lives with them so they can see who we really are?
Right now it seems like faith has become too individualized in the Christian community. We talk about our individual journeys, our preferences, our theology, our desires and our needs. What about the journeys of those who are new, those who are lost or those who are struggling? What about the preferences of those outside our walls? What about their needs, desires and wants?
We need to move past our own agenda and into Jesus’ agenda. We need to support one another, love one another and share the hope that Jesus offers.
Community is important. Community centered around the good news and the hope it brings. We really need to share in the ministry and mission of Jesus. We need to get out into the world, get our hands dirty and work side by side spreading hope and peace. Jesus called us into community. We need to shift our focus from what we want to what people need and start being the church once more.