One of the core values of InterVarsity’s Grad & Faculty Ministries is community, and, to be fair, community is a major buzzword in Christian circles nowadays. And rightly so. The gospel of Christ calls us not to a personalized piety and an individualistic salvation, but rather into new life in the Jew-plus-Gentile, slave-plus-free, male-plus-female, rich-plus-poor community that is the body of Christ, the ekklesia, the renewed Israel. And in contemporary American society where genuine face-to-face community is being fragmented by modernist, capitalist individualism, replaced by online social networks, undercut by political (think Greek polis) hyper-partisanship, and sapped by solitary entertainment (e.g., TV…oh, how I hate the TV), the Church desperately needs to recover her sense of the implications of the gospel for life together.
But Bob Thune and Will Wlaker over at Providence Church in Austin, Texas have put their finger on something we should all be wary of: idolizing the community. Check out their very insightful post here.