Open Concept

Open Concept

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1

Melinda and I enjoy watching some of the shows on HGTV. The shows we watch typically involve people who have bought a home that needs some renovation. You only need to watch a few of these shows to quickly catch on to the fact that the most desirable style today, describing the kitchen, living room, family room and dining room, is what’s called open-concept. We seldom make it through a show without hearing it several times.

Open-concept is where the walls that would ordinarily divide the rooms I mentioned, are taken down, allowing for, in essence one gigantic room. What distinguishes one room from another is simply a different style furniture and furnishings.

It seems that today’s culture, conditions us to divide and throw up walls. It’s not something that necessarily comes naturally. Just hang around kids for a while and you’ll witness open-concept. They don’t throw up walls. They don’t see skin color or status.

Putting up walls, as it relates to people, does not come from God. If Jesus taught anything, he taught us open-concept. In fact, he taught us to tear down the walls that we often build to isolate ourselves from certain people. You know who I’m talking about, THOSE people, the big-time sinners, the social outcasts, etc.

So, who’s promoting all the anti-open-concept? Why Satan of course. In Revelation 12:10, Satan is called “the accuser.” Now get this, the Greek word for “accuser” is “category.” This Greek word comes from the same root that gives us the English word “category.”

So, now you know. Satan is the eternal “categorizer.” The eternal divider. He’s totally against open-concept.

If Satan’s eternal plan is to divide, clearly God’s plan is to unite. To bring together. To destroy walls.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about much needed division, as it relates to what the Bible says is right and wrong, I’m talking about the walls we build between people.

At the cross, Jesus destroyed the barrier between man and God, and in the process, annihilates any barrier between man and his neighbor.

You may, or may not like an open-concept for the space where you live. But as a Christian, if there’s still walls separating you from people, they need to come down.