North Bend from Little Si with International Friday Night Students in the foreground
Sheep and goats seem to be discreet categories that we use to judge people. Last night at midweek service we played with Matthew 25:31-46 and it seems that things may not be as clear or as static as I first imagined. The sheep or goat question is often situational. People are complex. Try categorizing this group, out for a day hike. They are not all from the same country or even the same part of any country. They are not from the same economic system or status, family system or parenting style. They vary in their english proficiency (even the US Citizens) and physical abilities. Some had never hiked before, others had logged thousands of miles. Some are life long Christians, some are atheists and agnostics or undeclared or undecided. Simple categories do not work.

I've been taking time to get to know some of them, a very different endeavor from categorizing them. It turns out that the truth of who they are and who they are becoming is best discovered by forming relationships. It turns out that they defy sheepgoat categorizing, as we all do. And relating to them as folks journeying  through life is a worthwhile and rewarding endeavor. So I invite you to come on Friday evenings and hang out. Come this Saturday at 10 and hike to Rattlesnake Ledge. Come and discover the who you are in relationship, and discover that as we build relationships with "them" God builds relationships with us sheepgoats.

Pastor Mark