Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. Acts 2:44
When some people being compiling their “must-haves” for a dream home, many add a white picket fence. For my family, it’s because they have dogs and a small child who need a safe place to run. But for some, the fence reflects a desire for privacy. Fences allow us to live among people while still controlling how often we must interact with them.
A fence is a way of saying, “I’m responsible for this, and you’re responsible for that.” Think about it – fences separate people. It might be a cheap chain link or fancy wrought iron, but the purpose of a fence is still to delineate where you end and your neighbor begins.
Native Americans wouldn’t have understood the concept of fencing off one’s personal property. They held everything in common. They would sell of their possessions and compiled the money when needs arose. They lived as a community in the purest sense of the word. Though they lived in separate homes, they lived life together.
I’m not suggesting you do away with your fence. After all, nothing makes loving your neighbor more difficult than when the neighbors cow rips through your garden. Sometimes fences are handy! However, as Christian, we aren’t meant to live in isolation. We’re charged to be concerned with the well-being of our neighbors, seeking ways to serve them and love them.
Wouldn’t it be good getting to know the people on the other side of the fence?