FRIENDSHIP – WHY IS IT SO TOUGH TODAY? Part 2

I posed a question on Social Media recently:  “Why do you think it’s so difficult to find and keep true friends in our culture?”   I can only post a few of the many responses here; but there’s some interesting insight in the answers I received from all ages.  NOTE:  The question said nothing about social media, but many of the responses did.  The answers are also not offering solutions, but you can draw some conclusions from them.   Here are a few more of your responses.

WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO FIND & KEEP TRUE FRIENDS IN OUR CULTURE?   (your answers follow)

Lack of reciprocity in the relationship.  Passing the ball back and forth so to speak – building trust.  Lack of consistent authenticity and being unable to express vulnerability.  Being unable to be the REAL you no matter where you are (job, church, public, etc) or who you are with.

Time pressure, confidentiality, and the ever moving moral plumb line.

Judgment and trust.

A true friend should be able to say you’re wrong and out of control and you can take it; if you’re a true friend.

Consumerism.  We are busy working to pay for “things”.  Overcommitted schedules/activities.  Long commutes to work = limited time once home to devote to anything outside of chores & caring for family.  We are generally to tired to put the extra effort into maintaining a friendship.

MORE OF YOUR COMMENTS WILL BE POSTED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS…

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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