There is a very interesting discussion concerning community that was started by Erin at “Decompressing Faith” in a post called “A Place for Us“. Barb, at “A Former Leader’s Journey“, responded with her own post called “A Place for Us – Am I Really Ready?“. Barb ends her post with this question:
Do I long for the perfect group or am I willing to belong to and love regular people like me?
This is an excellent question! And, I think answering this question reveals what we believe about the church and about finding our identity and our fellowship in Christ.
I responded to Barb with this comment:
There is no perfect group. Period. The key to Christian community is not finding people who are like us, but finding unity and fellowship in Christ despite our differences. The problem is that we are taught that we have to be around people like us – and so we pretend to be like other and pretend that our lives are not a mess and pretend that our sins are acceptable and pretend that we care. When we can drop the pretension and love each other anyway because of who each one of us are in Christ Jesus… then we’re learning what it means to be a community.
So, I ask you… do we need to seek out “the perfect group” or “the perfect church”, or are we willing to live as the church with the imperfect people (like us!) that God has already placed in our lives?