The most frequent source of clutter on every social media site I visit is almost always the same: articles on relationships. The titles are intriguing: “Ten Habits of Couples in Healthy and Strong Relationships,” “The Science of Happily Ever After,” “What Your Girlfriend Wants But Will Never Ask For,” and the list goes on and on…
Often times these blogs and articles paint our millennial generation as a crowd of hopeless romantics, searching for “the one” and yet bound and eventually devastated by the unrealistic expectations of the media and society that shaped us. I would like to argue that the answer to our struggle in love is much simpler and much less poetic than that: our relationships break and fail because we are sinners living in a fallen, broken world trying to love other sinners.
Yes, our generation has been more technologically connected and yet relationally disconnected than ever before. We have been fed a steady stream of tv sitcoms and romcom movies that raise unhealthy expectations for our romantic lives, and we have warped sex and sexuality into an unrecognizable mess, a desire-driven pursuit of what “feels good.” These things may all be true, but we are not the first or the last generation to be touched by the effects of sin. We are not special or unique in our reflection of The Fall. And we, like every generation before us, are in need of God to shine His light on the dark corners of our lives where sin has begun permeating the way we love and care for others.
This is why Mercy Hill College is hosting Commit 2016 – a night where we can come together as a college community to ask questions and seek answers in one of the most consuming areas of our lives. We will ask for wisdom from a panel of Christian men, women, and couples who have walked through friendships, relationships, and marriages striving to honor Christ. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Christian community – the opportunity to reap what others have sown, to gain what someone else has tarried for.
So don’t trust your relationships to the 17 year old blogger who has discovered the “29 Signs He Is Secretly In Love With You.” Trust them to the God who created relationships and created you. Dive into His Word with us and discover what it means to “be completely humble and patient, bearing with one another in love” (Eph. 4:2). Begin to see your friendships through the lens of scripture, understanding that God defines ultimate love as laying down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:3). Lean on the truth that our Creator has gifted to us to help guide you through your time and interactions with other people, letting wisdom bring new confidence and renewed holiness to your relationships – with your closest friends, your hard-to-love suitemate, or your significant other. Come ready to ask questions, dig for truth, and be sharpened by those who have lived these moments and situations before you.
We’ll see you Friday!
7:00pm – 3530 Edgefield Road, Greensboro, NC