No man is an island,
No man stands alone,
Each man's joy is joy to me,
Each man's grief is my own.
We need one another,
So I will defend,
Each man as my brother,
Each man as my friend.”
The lyrics of this song, based on the poem by John Doone,“No man is an island”, perfectly illustrates Paul’s message in Romans: “We, though many, are one Body in Christ and individually parts of one another.”
In today’s hyper individualism, we seem to see life only through our own lens, ignoring the fact that we are all a small part of the universe. We often fail to see the whole picture and make judgments based on incomplete knowledge of the truth. We vilify and attack those we don’t agree with, and see them as our enemies.
Paul reminds us that we all bring different skills, different talents, different gifts to the table, and that these differences give us a clearer understanding and appreciation for the truth. Likewise, we are challenged to not only recognize our uniqueness, but also to use it for the betterment of all.
Though we might want to be separated from others and live on our own, we are all
part of the body of Christ. “We are not an island,,,we do not stand alone”…we need one another…for “each man is my brother…each man is my friend”
“Love one another, as I have loved you.”
Deacon Lee Packard