I think the churches of America might be doing something very wrong. In the Bible we see churches meeting in people’s homes; we see people so involved in each others lives that they took their possessions and sold them for their brothers. This is what people that argue that the early church practiced communism simply don’t get: all the money didn’t go into a communal fund. It was given by individual members to other individual members as they saw need. They knew and loved each other on an individual basis.
Originally the name of this blog was going to be “Three Strands.”
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
But this name wasn’t quite right for a number of reasons. First, distance keeps us from completely fulfilling all that the verse implies. It’s hard to stand with someone against the challenges of life when you can’t even speak to them face-to-face. Second, the fact is I don’t know Adam Swensen nearly well enough to be that kind of influence in his life. I really have never taken the time to develop a deep personal relation ship with him like I have with Tim, and I regret that. Last, if we had called ourselves “Three Strands” it would have implied an inward focus; it would have implied that the purpose of our blog is to help each other when in reality this blog is an effort to love all of you, the readers.
Maybe that means we’re practicing what I’m trying to condemn here in this blog: maybe we’re substituting loving the faceless masses for the individual love we really need to be striving for. I don’t think so, though. The moment I see the blog displacing that individual love in me is the day I quit. But this is why we’re so eager that you readers actually put forward at least a small amount of effort in being involved in this blog. Not only does it provide great encouragement to us, but it also gives us the opportunity to love on that individual basis, and that’s of greater impact than any monologues I could ever conceive.
This is my challenge to those of you that know Adam and Tim: be the second and third strands that I cannot be because of geography. Love them. In fact this is my challenge to the Church as a whole: find two or three individuals and just love them. Don’t replace individual love with programs and scheduling.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
–1 Corinthians 13:13