The Christian Life Commission helps Texas Baptists apply their faith to life through Ethics, Public Policy and Community Ministry. The Bible serves as the foundation for the CLC's work. As the CLC addresses various ethical and policy issues, it does not speak for Texas Baptists. Rather, the CLC speaks to Texas Baptists and to others about issues as determined by its 18 commissioners.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Arlington Convention Center, Room E4
Dr. Elijah Brown, General Secretary for the Baptist World Alliance
Small town life and the Great Commandment
by Guest Author on August 7, 2018 in clc
By Chris McLain
I can’t speak for those living in urban contexts, but in Crowell it matters whether you’re native-born or a transplant from elsewhere.
Let me explain. It’s not that new people who move into our community are any less welcome or loved than the locals, but their experience of small-town life is certainly different.
Many of the folks who grew up here have large, extended families of several generations nearby. That makes for a broad support system and relational community year-round (and the convenience of avoiding holiday traffic is no small benefit either).
The “new Crowell” folks are much more likely to feel isolated in our close-knit community. It can be difficult to make new friends because “old Crowell” folks already have established networks of family and friends.
That means it’s especially important for folks in Crowell to be neighborly. And, as a pastor, I’m partial to the notion that Christians are specially called and gifted to meet that need.
Scripture really goes further; it’s a command. Remember Jesus’ two-sided “great commandment” to love God and to love neighbor. Jesus was picking up on two Old Testament passages, so this goes back early in God’s dealing with mankind...
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