Social Integration

by David and Stephen Olford

David and Stephen OlfordText: "For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's" (Rom. 14:7-8).

Thought: There is no clearer statement in the Bible on the subject of social integration than these verses. To understand and practice the biblical concept of social integration demands involvement. Nobody can possess life and at the same time be detached from living. Let us consider, therefore:

The Actuality of Social Integration:"For none of us liveth to himself and no man dieth to himselft" (v. 7).The Bible constantly affirms the truth of social integration. It points out that man is a social being who must experience fellowship with others in order to live and function properly (see Gen. 2:18; Ps. 68:6). But this is not only a divine expression of truth, it is also a human experience of life. The principle of interaction and interdependence affects not only personal and social relationships, but also national and international relationships.

The Practicality of Social Integration: "For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself." Every moment we live we affect humanity around us. Sometimes we may exert a conscious or unconscious influence which will result in changes of vital and lasting importance; other times we may infect others for evil, either by the looks we give, the words we speak or the acts we perform. So we cannot avoid it; we are involved and affect others for good and for evil.

The Liability of Social Integration: "For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die we are the Lord's.For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living" (v. 7-9). Only as we are yielded to the sovereignty of Jesus Christ can we effect the right impact upon the home, the church, and the world in which we live and serve. Our liability is virtually our accountability to Jesus Christ, who died and rose again for us. A life that is under the lordship and leadership of Jesus Christ can do no other than positively affect others for good, whether by life or by death. Let us see to it, then, that every moment counts for God and for eternity.

Thrust: "Ye are(an) epistleknown and read of all men" (2 Cor. 3:2).

David Olford makes possible the continuation of this column by editing material
from his father's writings. Through his efforts, Points to Ponder continues
to bless, encourage, and challenge readers.

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