Green Armbands ... and Belonging

>> Sunday, June 23, 2013

Everywhere we went, we saw the green armbands. Eating lunch at a restaurant it was easy to see who was wearing one. Walking around town, we knew immediately if someone had one on. In the grocery store, every other person was sporting a green armband.


We had traveled to John Day, Oregon to attend a motorcycle rally … along with hundreds of other people. To be allowed through the gate and into the fair grounds where the rally was being held, you had to register … and a green band was placed on your wrist.

Therefore, strangers talked to strangers because they all belonged to the same group. We were all in town with a common interest … motorcycles. (Well almost all. I really didn’t care much about the actual motorcycle … just my husband and friends who rode them.)

Isn’t that what it’s supposed to be like for Christ followers?

Wherever we go, can’t we find others who belong to Christ? Our common interest allows us freedom to make instant friends when we discover they are a brother or sister in Christ.

The witness of the Holy Spirit is far better than a green armband. 

“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.” I Peter 3:8 (NLT)


Christine Ramey June 23, 2013 at 5:53 PM  

Great post Joy! Love the identity factor in this, so many times we all need to just belong somewhere. It's a shame though that we can't see that we already belong if we are Christians. Great reminder. Thanks for sharing. :)

Joy Bach June 23, 2013 at 7:46 PM  

Thanks Christine. I appreciate your comments.

Mark Butcher June 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM  

Thanks Joy. A great reminder of what a privilege it is be belong to God's family.

Joy Bach June 28, 2013 at 2:25 PM  

Thanks for stopping by, Mark, and for your comment.

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