Do we, as Christians, separate ourselves and our children from real relationship with those who do not share our beliefs? Are we choosing the easier and more comfortable path by keeping to our own? Do we avoid interactions that might challenge us with conflicting ideals? Are we maintaining a faith bubble around our families?
Yet on the flipside, are we living a lifestyle that looks no different from that of the world? Has our culture so significantly enveloped us that our choices are not separate from the secular values of society? Are we not giving space for the Gospel to transform our hearts in such a way where our love is characteristically distinct from those who do not know God?
Ultimately, it seems we have we developed our own activities, schools, entertainment, and communities that separate us from mainstream culture, yet our activities, schools, entertainment and communities totally mirror the world.
The call is to lovingly live in the culture, but live totally counter-culture. My heart is challenged.