A demographic isolation is what comes not only to the Belgian Christadelphians but to many of this faith group because there are just not enough Christadelphians all over the world. That is a fact we do have to live with.
The small numbers of areas in which Christadelphians are located with congregations and the movement of our modern society, we find the causes for the situation that so many individual true believers or family units find themselves isolated. They find themselves in an area where there is no place for them to worship and where they cannot enjoy the strengthening and encouragement of fellowship with those of the same confession. And that strengthening living active real tangible community is an essential part of growth in an easier way than in seclusion.
When we manage to spread the true faith, we shall have to be conscious about the growing amount of isolated people. In the last two centuries, the Brethren and sisters in Christ as Christadelphians could find themselves in small communities where they could happily meet with each other at each other’s homes and later also in worship or church halls.
In our present work climate youngsters do have to go to places where there is a job and shall have to go to live in areas where there is no ecclesia in the proximity. When no ecclesia in neighbouring villages it can be very tricky to travel many miles regularly to find some time together with fellow brethren and sisters. In the present economical situation, having several crisis’s, several people even have to move so far or come to live in such remote areas that they come to live in isolation from any ecclesia.
For many English Christadelphians such a situation of isolation may be new, but let us not for a moment think that the problem of the isolated confessor is something new in the history of the Church. Nay, rather it is a characteristic feature of confessing believers since the beginning of time. Confessional isolation or aloneness manifested itself already in the second generation of men.
Abel found himself estranged religiously from his brother Cain. In that case the confession remained the same, but Jehovah caused it to be known that the hearts of the two worshippers were far apart. After Abel’s death a religious division developed between the Cainites and the Sethites. As time passed the Sethites became an ever smaller minority until in the days of the flood the family of Noah had become an isolated island of confessors in a world of mockers and scorners.
When the march of civilization continued after the interlude of the flood, the situation of isolation for the sake of loyalty to the Truth again became characteristic of the lives of believers. Abraham must have felt that loneliness and isolation, for the command of his God caused him to separate even from his own family. Think of young Joseph isolated by force from the fellowship of believers in his own family, even though they lived and acted contrary to their own profession. For more than twenty years he bore that isolation until he was able to develop a spiritual fellowship within his own family.
There is loneliness, an inescapable isolation from the company of the world and even from men of religion, which accompanies the child of God on his journey through this life. Think but of the lonely efforts of an Elijah as he sought to restore to Israel the true worship of the Most High.
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