The tipping point

WHAT we think and feel affects other people and we, in turn, are affected by others’ thoughts and actions.

Every action touches on some chord that will vibrate through eternity.

Aristotle said we always have to choose between reality and illusion. Changeless reality was always “there to be accepted’’ but could only dawn on an unclouded mind.

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, investigated how an idea or behaviour moves from the edges of society to broad acceptance. Along the way, there is a tipping point that transforms a minority perception to the embrace of the majority.

Our collective sense of peace and justice for all has clearly not yet reached the tipping point. But that doesn’t mean it cannot.

The universe is still full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

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  1. They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love
    BY GREG VAN DAHM

    “It struck me that this song is a summation of the teaching of Jesus. So I began to wonder, how are we doing? Do they know we are Christians by our love? Are we the shining city on a hill that can’t be hidden? When the world thinks of Christians, do they think of people that love? If someone acts in a loving way, do people think that person is a Christian? Is it likely that that person is a Christian?

    To break it down further, how are we doing loving other Christians? “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord. And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.” Best I can find, this song was copyrighted in 1966. Forty five years later, are we closer to unity among those of us who call ourselves Christian? Catholic, Protestant (pick your denomination), independent, are we all on the same page? Is the teaching of Jesus central and the rest just points for style?

    How do the media portray us? Are we ridiculed because of our naïveté and our propensity to love when the world tells us to judge? Do prosecutors try to object to Christians on a jury because of our reputation as people who forgive and are quick to provide second chances? Are we the ones who are looking to educate the poor, provide health care for the sick and reach out to the forgotten? Are we the ones who seek peace? Are we troubled in our spirit when we consider big picture issues like illegal immigration, homosexuality, AIDS? Do we recognize that our sin is the same as their sin in God’s eyes? Do they know we are Christians by our love?

    How am I doing? If I were to ask those who work with me, “do you know that I’m a Christian?” What would they say? If they said yes and I followed up with, “how do you know?” would they say, “I can see it in the way you treat people. I can see it in the way you try to quietly turn conversations away from gossip and tearing people down. I can see it in your peaceful disposition when everything is going wrong.”? If you were to ask my family, would they say, “he builds into us. We know he loves us even when we aren’t loveable. We know that we are his priority above all else but God.” When I see someone that looks different from me, what is my first thought?

    I think it is clear that we are not there yet. While some of us may be able to say that yes, they do know that I’m a Christian by my love, I don’t believe the Church (all the world’s Christians) could say the same thing. My prayer is that we, as the Church, can work to the point where we can all agree to embrace the goal that they will know we are Christians by our love. Perhaps this needs to happen one church at a time.”

    So, as one Christian to another, how are we doing?

    Waterfront Community Church com

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