Monday, April 20, 2009

Community, are you sure?

A friend of mine today was relating a story of how when he was divorced back in the mid-70's he was ostracized by the very church he helped start. He went on to say that non-Christians were supportive and friendly when his pleas for support and friendship fell on deaf ears from the "Christian community". He said that even after 35 years, he still remembers that experience vividly. I can't say as I blame him.

He continued that indeed he was proud of his faith but that even today he found many Christians that were less than friendly and intolerant of alternate opinions. He still was convinced in his heart that tolerant, friendly warm Christian community existed. I think my friend just got involved with the wrong folks.

But this got me thinking: I wonder how many others have had similar circumstances? What if someone was convinced that true Christian community did not exist? What if anything does this say about Christianity?