Have you heard the saying the it takes a village to raise a child? Many of us were raised without that village so we don’t really know what the depth is that Jesus and the bible talks about when it speaks of giving the people around us kindness and loving them. It’s not optional, it’s vital.
Churches are the new village but they sometimes fail to see that is their role. Elders are the missing aunts and uncles that we should have (and I do have – thank You Lord). Counsellors are also agony aunts – which we would have had, if we were raised in a village.
We really cannot separate ourselves from each other. We cannot see our actions as separate from the impact on each other. God designed it this way – just think about the fact of generational curses, think about the results of Adam and Eve’s sin on you and me. What I am saying is that no person is an island and God wants us to “get” this and to take action on it. It’s built right into the fabric of this world. It’s a reality.
That’s a part of the meaning of the word Ubuntu.
Here is a video showing Nelson Mandela describing Ubuntu.