A recent post from a friend found here, got me thinking about terms that grow in popularity only to eventually disappear into the ancient evangelical vernacular. How many terms have we used over the years that once were the future of the church? That was on my mind as I was recently reading a book given to me a while ago. I have been taking my time working my way through this book, and Ihave found that pace to be quite beneficial. I came to realize that community is not just a buzz word for Christians. How often have we heard the term community used in the recent months/years specifically in regards to the elections? It’s something to think about. How are you connected to your community? Here is the quote that specifically got me thinking.
Family, unity and community are the key words. But be careful. Christians aren’t the only ones using them. Have you noticed that many people are getting tired of individualism and self-focus? Self-interest, self-worth, self-esteem, what’s in it for me, the “me” generation, unbridled introspection and personal analysis-we are finally ready for a change. Individualism is out. From a strictly pragmatic perspective, we have found that individualism doesn’t work. As an antidote, the new buzz word is community. The problem is that unless there is a radical change in the way we see God, ourselves, and others, community will become just another strategy for us to feel better about ourselves. It will relieve the loneliness, and we will feel more “connected,” but if we pursue community for self-fulfillment rather than God’s glory, the community movement will simply be a passing fad. – Edward T. Welch.