An Argument for Community


Perhaps the greatest crisis we face as a world today is not what most people would normally think of first. In fact many might not realize what this crisis is at all. While certainly, as an issue which affects all of us, we may feel confident in suggesting that the greatest problem we collectively face is increasing environmental instability. However as the pollution which destroys our environment continues, along with crime, human abuses, war, poverty, corruption, and injustice, we often overlook an even more threatening plight.

As we consider the source of these various reflections upon the human soul, our thoughts on the matter are often quite self-serving. Simplistically we tend to assume it is just human nature, or that it is just an unavoidable causation of the inherent chaos in life. For those of us who think this way, the occurrence of these problems is beyond humanity’s control. Consequently, those of us who settle on this way of thinking, we ultimately find the greatest thing to do in life is to secure our own prosperity regardless of the costs to others and the state of our society itself. Sadly it is this very attitude which further increases the existence of these highly volatile and exceedingly dangerous social expressions.

In wondering if there is anything that can be done about the choices we individually and collectively make, we should realize that there is sufficient evidence to suggest the human condition is more so bred from environment as opposed to nature. Furthermore, there is also sufficient evidence to suggest that we each have the power to grow and change especially in the right environments. So then we may see that many of the problems in our world – and more specifically in our communities – aren’t something we are powerless to confront. Even more, we may see that as we fail to be individuals contributing to the solution of this societal dysfunction, we are then agents helping continue the existence of societal dysfunction.

Where we see unnecessary competition, purely man-made strife, and the unnatural erosion of unity feed the existence of much preventable social and environmental suffering, we can see how establishing the contrasting social exchanges would be greatly beneficial to improving each and every facet of our communities. Therefore, the solution to these man-made injustices must then be found in building genuine community throughout. As such, community, where each seeks to be a responsible member, is the greatest means of healing our world’s most endangering conditions.

While without a doubt the existent crises transcends any race, ethnicity, geography, and religious grouping of people, the purpose of this book is to distinctively focus on those of the Christian faith to help serve as a guiding light to aid humanity towards finding the complete solution. Inasmuch as, there are many ways in which the church may legitimately contribute to reducing these troublesome persistent issues in the world. For, when the Christian church truly succeeds in representing the gospel, it encourages the hope which is essential to all good and cathartic works in the world.

In the strong belief of these thoughts, “A Christian Spirituality” explores a more modernly elusive understanding of scriptural teachings and values which possessing simultaneously mitigates much of the inadequacies in our time, which unnaturally manifest injustice. To that end, this particular book is written to communicate a truly divergent perspective on mainstream Christianity. However, while accomplishing this task, it also seeks to be committed to scriptural wisdom’s accompanying a practice which is also highly constructive to our individual and societal expression.

For the covered topics, we will first investigate an outline of the Christian narrative, from a firm spiritual belief, focusing on the many biblical verses which supplement all Christian spirituality. In moving to the next major section, we will further set the foundation for a spiritual mode of Christian practice. In doing so, this section will aim to help enhance unity among the full spectrum of God’s spiritual family and further empower Christians in their walk of love and grace. For the last major section there will be presented a series of messages, based on the material presented in the first two sections, that are strongly written for a Christian audience. In these chapters, there will be a strong focus to help even further build up the church towards spiritual worship and the overall outcome of edifying the world it interacts with accordingly.

Regardless of religious ideology, this book is ultimately intended to focus on actions above all else, and its greatest ambition is simply to help improve the negative yet malleable conditions present at our current time. We are all ultimately defined by our actions, so the ideas in this book are simply an attempt to deliberate on the gospel while attempting to encourage individuals and isolated groups towards greater acts of community building. Therefore throughout these chapters, there will be an emphasis on a spiritual ideology – as opposed to a religious one – which helps the whole of the general public, as a diverse people, find greater unity.

Accomplishing this, each chapter in its own way, will seek a wide-ranging and inclusive view to incorporate and integrate as many people as possible to solve the greatest problems we share. As it is evident that it is only through community we will truly challenge our world’s greatest problems, it is evident that only through a willful approach by each, towards community, that we will fully ensure the most peaceful and just and free society for both ourselves and others to live in and inherit. Accordingly the ultimate objective of this book is to lend motivation towards the greater calling for us, as a society, to knock down walls such as ethnicity, race, class, and even religion, which destructively divide us in our universally desired ambition to live in a better world.

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