I’ve always loved team sports. I could run around for hours chasing a ball (cricket, football, soccer, I don’t care!). Ask me to go for a run for fitness’ own sake, and there’s no chance of it happening. I love the idea that different members of the team bring different skills. I love the idea that together we are greater than any one individual. I love the idea that there is someone else alongside me who can make up for my own mistakes!
The same can be true of any community. At our best, we look after each other, encourage each other, help one another to grow and show grace to each other. As we re-enter a more normal phase of school community next week, it’s a good time to pause and consider the kind of community we want to be. And what part we each play in creating it.
The Bible has a couple of foundational ideas that shape a Christian view of community. Firstly, relationships will often be hard, because we are all flawed people. Living together is hard, because we’re not perfect people. Secondly though, there is good news. God loves imperfect people (us!) so much that he sent Jesus to die for us. Christian communities should be places where those who have experienced God’s grace and love, live out that same grace and love towards others.