Last night my husband and I watched a documentary about country music. It was fascinating. This type of music came about when many people and cultures “rubbed” against one another. Ballads from Scotland and Ireland, banjos (originally gourds) from Africa, yodels from the Alps, guitars from Germany and more combined to create a completely original kind of music.
In the same way, our lives are shaped by the other people we rub against. Looking back over my Christian walk, of course I see pastors and Sunday School teachers, but also family members, friends, neighbors and even the authors of books I have read! Each person adds a little something to my understanding of myself and the world we live in together.
Christianity has rubbed up against society and changed it in many ways over the years. Public education came about so that people could read the Bible. Many oral languages have been codified for the same reason. Laws to protect wives, and treat others more humanely come from the ethics produced by a Christian worldview. The Ten Commandments are still the basis for just society.
Jesus rubbed against others — fishermen and Pharisees, tax collectors and scribes, rich men and lepers, sinful women and zealots. He wasn’t too particular. Each person he encountered came away a little different. Some were changed, and even those who “went away” were disturbed. As His ambassadors, we’re called to do the same thing. You may not think of yourself as a leader, but we all influence the others around us.
“A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.” Galatians 5:9
So go out and rub against others. Muddy the waters. Get people thinking The leaven you add will change the whole loaf for the better.