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Richard Dawson, 29 September 2015
I have taken this first part directly from Philip Yancey’s blog “Small is Large” G K Chesterton once said “The man (woman) who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world…. The reason is obvious. In a large community we can choose our companions. In a small community our companions are chosen for us.” Precisely! Given a choice, I tend to hang out with folks like me: people who have college degrees, drink dark roast coffee, listen to classical music, and buy their cars based on EPA gas mileage ratings. Yet after a while I get bored with people like me. Smaller groups (and smaller churches) force me to rub shoulders with everybody else. Henri Nouwen defines “community” as the place where the person you least want to live with always lives. Often we surround ourselves with the people we most want to live with, which forms a club or a clique, not a community.
Anyone can form a club; it takes grace, shared vision, and hard work to form a community. The Christian church was the first institution in history to bring together on equal footing Jews and Gentiles, men and women, slaves and free. The Apostle Paul waxed eloquent on this “mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God.” By forming a community out of diverse members, Paul said, we have the opportunity to capture the attention of the world and even the supernatural world beyond. (Eph 3:9-10)
Leith has, to a lesser or greater degree, captured something of that unique character in the diversity of those who attend here semi-regularly, and this is great. But let’s not imagine it is going to be easy with this amount of diversity to ‘make it work.’ By this I mean not so much to make it feel good as to make it serve the Kingdom of God. The purpose of Christian community is 1. to reflect God’s deep love for all humans and 2. to serve the needy.
Are we doing this well?
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