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Where Do You See Jesus in Our Community?

We are reaching out and inviting you to respond to some basic questions.  Here is a response from Bill Crimmins about where he sees Jesus in our community: 


"Where do you see Jesus in our community?" - Bill Crimmins


I guess for me the answer…is….I see Jesus or God in creation which includes people of the community.  I don’t think there is anything special or unique about our community…therefore simplistically the biggest challenge for all Christians ….everywhere and in every age is…living out life with Christ on the Throne of one’s life.  


Perhaps if we have a bigger challenge it is that the world around us and our technology creates a situation where we are duped to think we can live more independently of God…worshipping the creation more than the Creator.


Since community makes me think of human beings or people the following quotes come to mind:they are not perfect but well loved by many….


Sheldon Vanauken, in a Severe Mercy wrote:


“The best argument for Christianity is Christians; their joy, their certainty, their completeness.  But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians; when they are somber and joyless, when they are self-righteous and smug in complacent consecration, when they are narrow and repressive….then Christianity dies a thousand deaths.”


Then there is the thrilling CS Lewis quote:

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously - no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.” 

― C.S. Lewis

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