One of our main emphases at Pinnacle Forum is community. We know that if we are going to transform our cultures we must be mortared into the community of our forums and local churches.
It may seem strange to you, but I talked to a brick the other day. I was out in my yard and there was a brick laying in the yard. A single brick detached from a building seemed a little off to me. No one else was around, so I just said pleasantly to the brick, "Why aren't you part of a building? Are bricks supposed to be alone."
Turns out it was one defensive brick. Things got very tense very quickly. Without any pleasantries at all, the brick shot back at me, "Hey, I don't have to be part of a building in order to be a brick. I'm fine on my own."
He had all kinds of excuses - - other bricks are hypocrites - - he didn't like the builder - - he is planning to be mortared into a building soon: stuff like that.
Of course, none of his lame answers worked. While it's true that a brick doesn't have to be in a building to be a brick, no brick was ever made to be isolated from others. Bricks are made with a building in mind.
1 Peter 2:5 uses a word picture to tell us that Christians are living stones being built into a spiritual house. If you are a Christian, then you are a "brick." God makes bricks with a building in mind. His plan is that you would be mortared together with other Christians in community - - all built up on the chief cornerstone of Jesus Christ. Christians shouldn't find themselves out in the weeds alone. Rather, they should grow together with others.
Adapted from "Why My Blog is Called 'A Brick in the Valley'" and Chris Brauns's, Bound Together: How We are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Decisions