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July 17, 2004

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Community is a word that is used in utopian visions these days. Christian community is not utopian. It is simply human. It is frought with conflict and strife. It is a place where resentments are bred like guppies.

But it is the place where Christ lives and the gospel is proclaimed. To seek it out is to idolize it. To live it, to live into it, to proclaim it alongside the church, now, that maight be something else entirely.

Here's an interesting link for you: www.richmondhillva.org

Peace and all good things

I just finished reading Joe Myers's "The Search to Belong" and was staggered by his contention that it is too much to ask of people to have them come into my actual house.

If this is how far we have fallen, then we can forget about community. If "hospitality" has become a four-letter word, the problem is grave. If the people out there are unable to get over the creeps of stepping into someone else's home, then perhaps we have lost the battle.

I believe that catering to the lowest common denominator in relatioships and community will never get us to where we have to be. If Christ has transforming power, then even the worst shrinking violet can have some backbone installed, at least enough to be able to withstand sitting on my living room couch. (We know that the churches in Africa, South America, and Asia don't have these problems, so maybe it's strictly a North American disease brought on by our faith in the masters of psychology.)

Until we get away from this tendency to reduce to the point of absurdity, we will not become the community we are intended.

Dan-
I don't think Myers is talking about existing members of your church, but of non-Christians who may potentially become Christians and members if they are met on the right terms. Demanding an uncomfortable level of closeness as a prerequisite for investigating faith and your church community may drive people away.

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