It seems like the entire world revolves around "relationships"--of one sort or another....
God(the Original Intelligent Designer) created the Universe--thus establishing that "relationship."
God (the OID) created humanity: males and females--and thus enabling both entities to have meaningful relationships with Himself, and with each other.
We have "relationships" with alot of different entities in our lives:
Colleagues at work
Our neighbors where we live
and "the family of God" in our local congregations.
The reason I'm writing this one, is because there seems to be a somewhat disintegration--breakdown--stranglehold...something or another where relationships are concerned.
I wrote a year or more ago that "relationships" in the Kingdom of God are not supposed to be just "utilitarian" vessels through which we accomplish our oft-selfish purposes. From my understanding of the Scriptures, people actually do matter!
I recently (well actually about six months ago) felt it necessary to change my regular place of worship on Sunday mornings (and other times) to a different congregation. It was a very difficult and very painful decision--but also one that had to be made. And the reason: Sour, unhealthy relationships in the old church.
Relationships that were utilitarian, and untrustworthy. Relationships that were not solid, and unreliable.
So now, I'm beginning to do a serious study of the New Testament on what "relationships" should really be like...beginning at the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter one.
What do you think?