The Interconnectedness of us All
When God created the world the Bible says that He looked at everything and said that it was good. However, there was one thing that God said wasn’t good about creation. He stated that it was not good for man to be alone. (Gen. 2:18) This is a very interesting statement. Man was not good by himself. He had to have someone to be with. He had to connect with another human being.
God created Eve (woman) so that Adam (man) would not be alone. Out of this union came children. Humans were now connected to each other. What one person did (or didn’t do) would have effects for those around him/her. It’s interesting that when Adam and Eve sinned they began the blame game. Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. Not once did they take responsibility for themselves.
Humanity was never meant to be independent. We were meant to be connected to and rely on each other. We were made to be interconnected. One illustration in the Bible to support this is the analogy that the apostle Paul uses in 1 Corinthians. He states that Christians are like a body. One part of the body cannot say to another part, “I don’t need you.” We are interconnected.
The truth is that we need each other.
The truth is that our actions and choices affect those we are connected to.
Our actions cause others to be blessed or to suffer.
Our mistakes will usually cause other people to suffer to some degree or another.
Let me give you a real life example. I know of a church leader that had an affair with another woman. The affair was discovered and a restorative process begun. This leader had family in the church that eventually left the church because of the issues this whole situation presented.
My point to this story is that this one decision by this one man affected many people. It not only affected his wife, the lady he had the affair with, and his family but it ultimately affected the whole church. One decision affected so many. It’s the interconnectedness of us all.
Our choices affect others.
We often think that our personal decisions (and sins) are only affecting us. We justify our actions by thinking that we are not hurting anyone else. We just do not realize the interconnectedness of us all. Our decisions do affect others. Our mistakes, bad choices and sins do cause other people to suffer.
What if I knew the outcome of my decisions? Wouldn’t that be nice? I am sure that most of us would not have done so many of the things we have done if we knew the outcome prior to our decision. How many times have older people said, “I wish I knew then what I know now.” I know that I have thought that many times. I would have certainly made a lot better decisions. I wish I could say now that I am older (and hopefully wiser) that I make decisions based upon how it’s going to affect those I am connected to. Some days I do; some days I don’t.
Jesus teaches us that as Christians we are to be known for our love for others. When I base my decisions upon my love for others I am more apt to make better decisions. If I truly love others then my decisions will be based upon how the outcome will affect those around me.
Unfortunately, most of us do not think that way. We tend to be self-seeking, self-serving and self-centered. I hate to admit that I find this is true of me more than I want it to be.
We (or I should say I) get mad at the stupid choices others make when we see the consequences of their decisions. But we (I) don’t get mad over our own decisions. Instead we ask for mercy and grace. We look at our intentions and think, “but I didn’t mean for this to happen. I didn’t think anyone else would get hurt.” We judge ourselves on our intentions but we judge others on the consequences of their actions.
The next time you make a decision, especially if it’s going to be a decision to sin, stop and ask, “How is this going to affect others?” If you could look “down the road” and see the devastation your choice would bring, would you choose differently? I believe you would. Realize today that we are all interconnected and “down the road” someone could suffer because of your bad decision today.
Take a mental look around your life and see all the people you connect with on a daily basis. Some you like, some you don’t. You are interconnected with them whether you like it or not. Your actions, decisions and choices affect those around you. Make good ones!
It is not good for man to be alone.
We are interdependent and interconnected to each other.
Our choices, decisions and actions matter and affect others.
John Donne said it best:
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.