I don’t know about you, but I find this passage sobering. Isolating one’s self is acting selfishly. Further, such isolation—dare I say, “independence”?—is contrary to sound judgment.
Those are strong ideas, yet they make perfect sense when you recognize that we are the Body of Christ. He doesn’t call us to be the “severed little finger of Christ,” nor the “mouth-on-its-own of Christ.” No, we are to be the Body of Christ. Being a body means we are all to be joined together with the other parts. No cutting ourselves off. No isolationism, which would go against sound judgment. Why? Because we each—you, me, every one of us—need the rest of the Body to be complete and whole.
I know there are some who believe they can make it just fine without being in true give-and-take, iron-sharpening-iron community, but they’re wrong. Such an idea “breaks out against all sound judgment.” It simply won’t—can’t!—work.
There is wisdom, strength, compassion, knowledge, hope, understanding, grace, experience, love, and more, in the rest of the members of the Body of Christ. Without allowing such things into our lives, we’ll be incomplete.
Don’t isolate yourself. It goes against sound judgment.