The Beauty of Community

As I was driving home last night, I thought about what about us makes us constantly want to be around other people. In general, isolation from other human beings is dreaded by most of us. Being shunned by your peers is the secret fear of every teenager, which is why there is such a drive for acceptance. We don’t  like being alone, even if it’s only for a little while. We crave human fellowship and we often will do what we have to in order to obtain it.

But all this really begs the question of why? Why do we want community so bad that we go to extraordinary lengths to avoid being alone? Many of us would rather attend a party with people we don’t like rather than be isolated.

It’s a question most never think to ask. But it’s an interesting apologetic for the Christian faith in that it’s very simply explained in the character of who our God is. He is Three and since eternity, He has had fellowship within the three persons of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are made in God’s image and this communal aspect is an integral part of who we are.

It’s interesting to note that any other religion will fail to explain the basic human drive for community. The typical answer is, “That’s just the way we are,” and will never answer the question of why. We were created this way and modeled after a God who loves and cares for other people. I just think it’s pretty cool that there’s a reason for even the smallest things, like why we want to be around other people.



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