I read this today:
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
… and it started me thinking, especially “and if you greet only your own people”. I’m a stay at home mum, and most of my social life involves church friends. When I first became a Christian, I drifted away from my non Christian friends. I can think of one close friend who isn’t a committed Christian. I don’t think the standard “spend the first five minutes after church talking to somebody you don’t know” really cuts it here – yet I don’t have a work outside the home life, and am really quite insulated by what I suppose I should call the Christian subculture. That’s not how we are supposed to be living, is it?