Lent 2017: No to Sectarianism

"Sectarianism is belonging gone bad."

Heard that on this podcast on my way to work this morning.

And what is sectarianism? Good old Wikipedia says it's , "a form of bigotry, discrimination, or hatred arising from attaching relations of inferiority and superiority to differences between subdivisions within a group. Common examples are denominations of a religion, ethnic identity, class, or region for citizens of a state and factions of a political movement."

Oh boy. More than anything, I want to belong. I want to be known, be welcomed, be understood. And difference is the HARD way into that. It's much easier to be around people who look like me, people who think like me, people who have similar stories, similar political leanings.

God, I refuse to just say what I'm against. To retreat into my beloved group of like-minded folks. Help me find my belonging in something much deeper than opinions, geography, language, race, religion, or worldviews. Help me know, with every fiber of my being, that I belong to you and to this vast human race. Amen.