Monday, June 30, 2008

Food for Thought

Love one another with brotherly affection.
Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 12:10

Our congregation has taken on the challenge of memorizing scripture. It is not an easy task requiring commitment, concentration and courage, especially if one's "memory" brain cells are diminished! The goal is to memorize Romans 12:9-21 over the next several weeks but perhaps the more important goal is to become a congregation that reflects our memory verses. Verse ten is only the beginning of what prayerfully will become a way of life for us. It's not always easy being in "community" together.

In his book Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer reflected on the pitfalls that can plague a Christian community. The following was written over 60 years ago and yet is pertinent for today's Jesus followers who want to be in community together and yet find it difficult.

The man who fashions a visionary ideal of community demands that it be realized by God, by others and by himself. He enters the community of Christians with his demands, his own law, and judges the brethren and himself accordingly. He act as if he is the creator of community, as if it is his dream which holds the community together. When things do not go his way, he calls the effort a failure. When his ideal picture is destroyed, he sees the community going to smash. So he becomes first an accuser of his brethren, then God, and finally the despairing accuser of himself.

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