Bonhoeffer and Community: more than an Idea

“Humanly speaking, we could understand and interpret the Sermon on the Mount in a thousand different ways. Jesus knows only one possibility: simple surrender and obedience, not interpreting it or applying it, but doing and obeying it. That is the only way to hear his word. He does not mean that it is to be discussed as an ideal; he really means us to get on with it.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Community must move from being just an idea to be coming a real place(s). But in order for it to make that move, do we have to begin with some idea about what it is? I think so, but maybe not… 

I took out “the Sermon on the Mount” from the above Bonhoeffer quote and replaced it with “community” to help me to try and process this. 

   “Humanly speaking, we could understand and interpret community in a thousand different ways. Jesus knows only one possibility: simple surrender and obedience, not interpreting it or applying it, but doing and obeying it. That is the only way to hear his word. He does not mean that it is to be discussed as an ideal; he really means us to get on with it.”

Hear O Israel(Church): The Lord our God, the Lord he is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. … And you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:29-31) 

I believe that we were/are created to live in community, it is at its very core part of who we are. Love God, love your neighbor everything flows from those two commands and so does community. 

Peace

 

  

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