Surprising thing that ruins Community

A book that everyone quotes is Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. He has a very convicting manner of telling us how to live in true biblical community.
Here’s the quote that has made me think a bunch today. “One who wants more than what Christ has not established does not want Christian brotherhood. He is looking for some extraordinary social experience which he has not found elsewhere; he is bringing muddled and impure desires into Christian brotherhood. Just at this point Christian brotherhood is threatened most often at the very start by the greatest danger of all, … the danger of confusing Christian brotherhood with some wishful idea of religious fellowship.”
Yikes! If we are looking for the perfect group we’re missing what Christ has put in place. Our group or church probably is not the ideal community. But when we are searching for something more we are missing what Christ has ordained.
So many folks are looking for as Bonhoeffer says, “some extraordinary experience.” They are frustrated because no group is good enough. That’s not good. What group/person can live up to perfection? They hop from group to group, church to church.
This desire for perfection from others hurts in other ways too. When a group doesn’t make the grade we may not drop out. Sometimes we just pull back a bit relationally. We hold back getting involved. We keep our distance and don’t give ourselves to others. We stop loving wholeheartedly.
Neither of these two (hopping or withholding) are right.
In fact, Bonhoeffer says we are poisoning the community that is there. We hurt Christ’s church. We put ourselves outside of what the Lord is doing. We actually ruin what God is establishing.
Tough words for our consumer oriented culture.


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