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Out of Us-ness, He creates...If God exists in community, we can not mirror Him unless we are also in community.I've been mulling over these words from Sunday's sermon. This thought is not one that I ever would have heard in our old churches. Though, well-intentioned, our most recent church would never use the word "community" without a following "group," meaning a once every month or two social gathering.
Let's face it: community deeper than that is HARD. Suddenly, you're opened up, not just to people you like, but to people of all stripes. In a more traditional setting, people you would just smile politely at are now in every aspect of your life.
When I was smacked in the face with this truth, I desperately wanted to pull back, protect myself and my family. I didn't want to admit that I may have been in the wrong and could learn from criticism. I just wanted to shut down. But...
So now, I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. John 13:34-35
Truth? I'm not sure this was one of the times I drew comfort from the Bible. I didn't WANT to love...at least not with these strings attached, not people who dare to find fault with me. I do want to mirror Christ, though. And our pastor was right (JMc, if you're reading, there was never a doubt!). Without community--hard community--I won't be able to. Because Jesus tells me, my love will prove to the world that I am His.
*I'm continuing to meditate on the first part of the quote: creation coming from community. Look for a second post on this topic next week.
What do you think? Has community been a hard or easy experience for you? Good or bad?