What would finding Common Ground mean in spiritual terms? Not in organizational institutional or political terms. Im more interested in true unity and its benefits to the spirit and the soul rather than our ability to pivot spin and engineer things that look like unity. Id like to talk about the heart of the matter.

Why is it so hard for Christians to find Common Ground spiritually? We have the greatest most advanced tools of communication mankind has ever known – instant messengers video chats social networks blogs e-books you name it. And yet we still struggle in finding common ground with others in terms of feeling and knowing were standing up for the same thing in a broken world we are of the same mind we cherish the same things!

When this happens its a powerful thing. Jesus talked about it in Matthew 18:19-20

Again truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name there am I with them.”

I would submit to you this kind of connectedness doesnt come easy. It takes effort to get to a place like this with God and with another individual not to mention with a whole community as the story of the Early Church suggests.

It appears to me the problem is not what means of communication we use but rather our state of mind the culture that dominates our way of thinking the way we become entrenched in habits and stereotypes our ability (or inability) to listen.

Would you agree?

Big part of this is not being able to see things from another persons perspective. As time goes by and I learn more about my own human nature as well as the human nature of others I realize we have a problem. We have a problem putting ourselves in the shoes of another. We have a limited emotional bandwidth – we get bombarded by all kinds of demands that require of us to be adequate capable and well skilled at things like empathy communication decision-making time management people management resource management crisis management – all this requires a certain emotional bandwidth. Investing in relationships with people who people with whom we share common ground spiritually also seems to require certain energy time and effort. But for some reason we dont like to admit that and to put the effort needed into it.

Amazingly the apostle speaks of standing your ground in the day of evil.

Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes you May be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything to stand. Eph. 6:13

According to the Greek concordance the term ground is never found and yet the meaning of the verse suggest the idea.

When the day of evil comes we are to stand against (anti-stēnai). After we have done everything we should be able to stand (stēnai).

  • What are we taking a stand for?
  • Who or what are we taking a stand against?
  • Who are we taking a stand with?
  • What common ground are we standing on?

So many questions. So many people who think they know the answers. So few who actually do.

Jesus called his disciples friends. I believe friendships are the true expression of finding a common ground with someone.

How many friends does one have? How many real friends can one even have in a lifetime given the costly nature of true friendships?

Could it be that when it comes to spiritual unity standing together sharing a common ground friends are the ones who actually are capable of standing together in the evil day because well thats what friends do. Theyve had some good days but theyve chosen to stick together in the evil day as Paul calls it. They believe theyll stand against the forces that are coming out at them. They are standing together on some common ground.

Isnt this how life works? Why are there so very few people who talk about this? Why are so many people pretending they have it all together? Only to find out that that in the evil day they cant find hardly anyone to stand with them because guess what they never reached out and made friends before the attacks came.

Sadly and I dont mean to bash churches and the hard work pastors put into their work most churches work really hard on getting more visitors to come instead of working hard on helping those who are already there discover God as a friend and then May be discover some true friends who are also friends with God. Isnt this what Christianity is about? Isnt this how we truly discover common ground?

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