Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Friday, 29 Aug 2014

"Because the Christian community is a divine reality and not a human ideal, we must accept the fact that the church is messy in this life and put to death any utopian dreams of a perfect church."
Nowadays, "Christian community" is a highly elastic term. It can refer to anything from a homeschool co-op to members of a dating website. Rather than recognizing Christian community as a gift from heaven created by word and sacrament, we tend to view it as a voluntary association created by like-minded individuals who share enthusiasm for a particular issue or practice. Valuing autonomy, personal choice, and the practical, we look for fellowship through our consumer preferences, cultural practices, and political convictions. No longer is the local church considered the primary agent of Christian community. In fact, today the ...

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