I wonder what people think of when they here those words community or communal living. Do they think of love, peace, and the 60’s? Do they think of houses that are built two feet apart and HOA’s? What about communities on a larger scale like a city or a state? What are the roles of a community? Do they exist to lower our lawn maintenance and raise the number of people we wave at in a given week? These types of questions came into my head as I was reading Shane Claiborne’s Irresistible Revolution.
He began talking about living as a community where ‘there were no needy persons among them’ because everyone shared their possessions not claiming anything as their own but ‘sharing everything they had.’ I kinda cringe at thoughts like that, which comes from Scripture, because sometimes I don’t want to share. I kinda like being individualistic. But if I, we, were to rid ourselves of some of our individualism, what would life be like? What if each person were to take each other’s burdens, would life get easier or harder?
I don’t know if I have any answers, but I do know that God seems to be using Shane Claiborne, many authors before him, and the Scripture to point to the idea that believers need to be in community. There are pros and cons for communal living, but I think that is where we as humans long to be: Community.