Riddle: Who were the only two people to never have a belly button?
Answer: Adam and Eve.
You know why, right? Your belly button is actually a scar. It’s what is left over from the umbilical cord which connected you to your mother. Adam and Eve were created by God. They didn’t have a mother, and therefore, they didn’t have the scar we call a “belly button.”
When you look down at your belly button it should serve as a reminder. We are all connected to someone. In fact, as human beings we are all connected to each other. God didn’t make us able to survive, able to live, able to thrive on our own.
Sadly, our world today is disconnected. The rise of the machines has led to us spending the majority of our time on electronics. Just look at what happens when our families get home from work and school. Each person immediately goes to their individual screens. We don’t talk. We don’t communicate. We don’t connect like we used to.
The only connections many people make today are the superficial and often unhealthy connections we make through Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Real personal connections are more difficult to make in our modern world. Younger generations often struggle to communicate and connect with other people on a deeper level.
Even though we are all connected by our belly buttons – by our common humanity – there is a disconnect. Our world, our country and even our own families are fragmented.
So what is the answer? The answer is found in our God who creates connections. In your baptism, God not only washed you of your sins, but also connected you to him. He adopted you as his son or daughter. You are a baptized child of God. God himself now lives in you and you in him.
Your baptism is an umbilical cord which connects you to God. Every time you go to church and hear his Word, every time you receive his true body and blood in Holy Communion, God is feeding your faith. He is strengthening that connection to him – like a baby being fed by the umbilical cord.
You are connected to God through his Word and Sacraments. You are sons and daughters of the King of the universe. And that means you are also brothers and sisters. Our connection with Jesus is our connection to each other.
We are connected by belly buttons and baptism.
And that changes how we treat one another. It means we do more than merely nod and smile at our fellow believers at church. It means more than a quick “hello.” It means we take the time to make real connections. It means not running out of church to be the first in line at Whataburger.
We are connected. We are brothers and sisters in the faith. We are family. So let’s live like it. When the service is over on Sunday, don’t run out of church like someone has just pulled the fire alarm. Get to know your brothers and sisters in the faith. Love them. Forgive them. Take the time to help and encourage them.
As a family, take time every day to turn off the electronics. Go outside and play with your kids. Play a board game with them. Talk to them, especially about God. Pray with them.
Live the connection you have with God and each other. In your baptism, God washed you of all your failures and failings. You are a baptized child of God. You are connected to him and all those who believe in him.
Live that connection.