(OK, guys, another one! seems like everyone just wants to argue about baptism, the rapture, and the Pope?! so, I will just talk to myself. ha.)
4. "circle the wagons" vs. "circle of friends"
we live in an age of FB, twitter, yada yada yada. my wife is across the room on the phone with her sister (on speaker phone, so I can hear) and I am on a web forum?!
but, I love to make friends, talk, visit, ... enlarge my circle of friends! So, I sent a FB friend a note -- "love to see you two (old college buddies who married) at this summer Bible camp ..."
to this she replied, "love to see you guys, but we have our religious differences ..."
(now, the camp is a little "progressive", but only on the right end of the continuum, ignoring the rest of the spectrum! long story, but same denomination, just center and left) you know, I was hurt, but should have seen it coming, I guess.
I was enlarging my "circle of friends" -- she was "circling the wagons" to keep out the savages!
at work, I fellowship with a variety of believers. my wife and I assemble with a community church that does not align with all my weird ideas. but, Jesus whispers to me that he smiles at all of us, IMHO
anybody want to add to the list?!