When I was growing up here in the South with my roots buried deep in respect for your elders and being friendly with everyone. You drive down any road inÂ and around town if someone is a native of the South you will probably get waved at. Many a time we have been waved at and I have waved back, my wife from the upper Midwest will ask me " who was that ?" I have to reply just someone being friendly. If I have any idea how this became a southern "thing" it would be that when I was little a trip to town for my grandparents was a major deal. Once a week for groceries or to get something really special. I probably travel more now in a week than they did in a months time in the 60's or early 70's. Riding the bus to school together and living in the same area "walking distance" to other children helped to foster friendships with those around us, much like we see idealized in modern movies today. The ever-expanding cities and towns and the ease at which we can travel is causing our children and even ourselves to become more detached or separated from other people. Who we would have shared our life experiences with in times gone by and developed friendships with. When we lived near each other, worked at the same factory or farmed near each other friendships were made and maintained because you would see them regularly. Just as our children would have gone to the same schools and spent time together developing friendships. Today I work with multiple people that travel over 1 hour to come to work. I would not see or have any contact with them outside of work unless it was just accidentally running into them. This separation has made developing friendships more difficult. As Christians we are taught to go into the world and make disciples, in those times past that was thought to be the job of missionaries that would travel to foreign lands where the word has not been taught before. Increasingly that mission field is next door and at our work places. We do not have to be good at preaching or teaching, all we have to be good at is showing others some love. Letting them see the Holy Spirit that is in us. Of course just like when the apostles did this there will be those around you that will be against you. "
Genesis 50:20English Standard Version (ESV)
20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people[a] should be kept alive, as they are today."
Sermon: God Meant It for Good - Genesis 37, 50
I have heard it said by some of my christian friends and have thought it myself that it would be nice to live separated from those that are not believers. Living in a community where everyone has similar thoughts and feeling and there is not the conflict and strife we have with our normal lives today. This scattering of the saints has caused us to be less involved in each others lives but also gives us the opportunity to develop new friendships and witness to new people. I truly believe this is God's plan for us to be separate and with Him, but not in this world of sin. It is really a longing for the time to come we are experiencing now. When we will be with him and all the saints are worshipping Him as one in unity with one another. Until that day comes we are to be in this world devopling friendships, sharing what he is doing in us, thru us, with us, so that those people can know Him also. None of us are perfect, all of us make wrong decisions, Â God put you in that persons life today so that they could see Him in you. Share some love with them.