read this today (while cramming before small group tonight. seriously one day i will actually stay ahead of the curve) and thought it was oddly connected to the post below :)

community is about god's redemptive work in uniting diverse people together in Christ. the call of community isn't about finding people just like us, or excluding those who aren't. it's most definitely not about christians finding other christian friends. community, in the scriptural sense, is the result of unlike people committing to love and serve each other and the world.


Anonymous said...

Which is really just the definition of humanity, is it not? Religion can really be left out of the equation, as a belief in god does not remove fundamental human nature to nurture and assist our fellow humans.

mollie said...

well i wouldn't say that 'humanity' is the uniting of diverse people 'in christ'.

*i* cannot remove religion from the equation, as belief in god is what inspires my desire and motivation do nurture and assist fellow humans, but its certainly possible that you can.

this is referring to the biblical description and definition of community. it is what community would look like if christians actually acted like christ directed us to.

mollie said...

also adding- community is certainly not something exclusive to any religious group. i think you can find amazing community in a million different iterations, though anywhere a christian is found within those communities, this is to be their goal and purpose. i hope that makes sense :)

Anonymous said...

Interesting dialog thus far. I rarely comment here and hate to speak to theology when certainly not an expert (though I know you do not purport to be one either). I would disagree fundamentally with the initial commenter that it is fundamental human nature to nurture fellow humans.

How much time does the average person spend nurturing and assisting others? This does not seem fundamental to our nature at all, rather a struggle of something many feel convicted to do and make a priority, but the vast majority ignore in place of selfish pursuits and material desires.

And if one is deeply convicted, do you ever wonder what put that seed of thought into your heart and mind, why so many ignore it, and what could cause that seed to grow into action?

Then again, C.S. Lewis handled this topic much more eloquently than I ever could in the first chapter of 'Mere Christianity' with his argument of the principle of good and bad.

Toni said...

What book is that from? It sounds very similar to one we're using in our study group! :)

Montag said...

Thank you for your thoughtful observations.