Community, Part Three
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.”
1 Cor 12:12
Most of my posts about Christian community have been on perspective, and it turns out this one is no different.
Before I begin, I want to give an important disclaimer. I think the Christian ministries at this school are great, but they leave a few things to be desired. Specifically, if you spend too much time in the Christian ministries at this school, you could end up thinking that Christians everywhere are white, mostly male, right-brained, young adults. Worse yet, you could only be influenced by the limited perspective that the members and student leaders of these organizations can lend. There is much variety in the members of ministries at this school, if only because people are different. However, in the scope of the world Christian movement, in terms of age, ethnicity, and background, Christians at Mines represent a very, very narrow sampling of the body of Christ. At the best, this can lead to a lack of perspective on what a Christian is and can be. At the worst, it can lead to a lack of experienced spiritual authority in how decisions are made and ministries are run.
Personally, I believe that involvement in a church that has a wide variety of people* is the best way to get the kind of experience spiritual guidance that is critical to our stage in life.
*i.e. not the Mill or Merge. That is going to irk some people, I can already tell.