C.S. Lewis on Community
He works on us in all sorts of ways. But above all, he works on us through each other. Men are mirrors, or “carriers” of Christ to other men. Ususally it is those who know Him that bring Him to others. That is why the church, the whole body of Christians showing Him to one another, is so important. It is so easy to think that the church has a lot of different objects – education, buildings, missions, holding services…the Church exists for no other purpose but to draw men to Christ. to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became man for no other purpose. It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other purpose.
– C.S. Lewis
I am preaching on community at church this sunday…I almost feel like I could just read this quote and I would be done. Authentic community, no matter how nice and “comfy and nice” it is, apart from the mission of Christ, bringing life to mankind and redeeming creation, is devoid of eternal value.