We congregate! As do birds, fish, penguins, deer, antelope, apes, monkeys, sharks, lions, alligators, ants, cats, dogs, snakes, bats, bees, locusts, butterflies, termites, worms, elephants, and on and on and on. Congregation is everywhere! In order to gather in a group, there has to be a hefty dose of a common bond. Fighting among group members totally destroys the cohesion…an overall image of peace in the group has to exist.
Where do people congregate according to a common bond? A few places include churches, schools, movie theatres, fun social events, and of course at places of work. Where does violence plague our gatherings? A few places include churches, schools, movie theatres, fun social events, and of course at places of work. What would we do in exchange for a blessing of peace, harmony, goodwill, and joy as we congregate? I’m convinced that those blessed qualities are suffering from spiritual assault, which sends terror to our gathering places.
Has anyone ever heard of terror attacks assaulting fight events, motorcycle gangs, street gangs, and other congregations of negative energy? One thing for sure, those groups have little interest for the fruit of the spirit. The spiritual fruit are not the motivating purpose for their congregation. I know this about sowing a garden; weeding-out the good seed and nurturing the weed destroys the potential of good fruit and multiplies the growth of bad stuff. Socially, let’s plant some seeds of sunshine, smiles, optimism, acceptance, tolerance, and good ole community harmony.