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how should we live then?

In blogs, Community, cooperatives, early church, global christianity, north american christianity, Religion, Social Justice on March 19, 2007 by Eliacín

No, I’m not reading Francis Schaeffer or Chuck Colson. But this is a questions that many Christians ask themselves and others, how are we to live?

This same question were asked to me by a fellow brother as a response to my post linking to an article title Christian Cooperation – here is his comment-

A theology student buddy of mine proposed the other day that the early church in Jerusalem made a monumental mistake by attempting to live communally and that was why Paul and eveyone else were always taking collections for them and sending money back to Jerusalem. Interesting idea since Paul certainly doesn’t teach it as a prescriptive command or even suggestion as far as an outworking of the Gospel in someone’s life. Neither does Peter or James or the author of Hebrews. We can only find it as a descriptibe statment about how they were living. If we were to live same as the Corinthians based on how they were living or the Galations we would be sleeping with our mothers or running around circumsizing everyone right?

Should we discard living in community and cooperation because the mistake and sin of some? Should we compartamentalize our lives in little clusters and follow the individualist project? Should we ignore the history of the early church just because it is not bound between Genesis and Revelation?

What do you think? How shall then we live?

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One Response to “how should we live then?”

  1. The church can’t exist w/out community. As the church loves one another we are a living apologetic that represents the Gospel – so I do not support the idea of following the individualist project.

    However one works that out – I think it is an open-handed issue. If we live in community and cooperation but not to the Lord – that’s not good. Is we live in isolation, but our consience is clear and we are living to the Lord than – that’s OK and Vice Versa.

    Romans 14

    5One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

    I think the same goes for capitalism vs socialism – rich vs poor etc… HOWEVER I have a hard time imagining someone living their life to the Lord outside of cooperation and community with the Body of Christ (but maybe that is my weakness that I am trying to force on someone else which would be judgemental according to this passage in Romans – so I will abstain from making a legalism about it).

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