Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Christians Don't Get It
Christians love to talk about community -- about being an "Acts 2 community" or an "intentional community" or a "biblical community" -- but I think that sometimes, many Christians completely miss the point. First off, many Christians look at community as something that they schedule some time for instead of seeing it as a way of life. So they schedule "small group" or "fellowship time," so they can "do" community. This is as ridiculous as scheduling "fun time with my kids." Real "fun time with the kids" happens spontaneously, just becuase we love being in each others' presence. Secondly, I think agressive agendas get in the way of authentic community. Sometimes (dare I say most of the time?) it may be more important just to talk, tell stories, laugh, etc., than to get through a curriculum. In fact this whole super-focused-get-community-done-as-fast-as-possible-so-I-can-get-on-with-my-real-life mentality has led to the need for "group mixers" where we can "get to know each other" in as little time as possible. Is there any other place where people play "mixer games" other than church events? So my point is, lose your agenda, and become a person that's about community -- knowing and being known by another.
Posted by charlesdean2 at 10:23 AM