Community, the community of God’s people, His church, is the wellspring of Christ like behaviour – of morality and integrity. If we are in the habit, ‘as some,’ of treating church as an option it won’t be long before we start treating our ethical commitments as options as well. And so the story goes …
Compromise in one thing has the tragic corollary of compromise in others.
The very reason for connecting and clinging, yes clinging, to God’s people, His church, is that it empowers and strengthens resolve in us to live a different life, a better life – your best life. You simply can’t do it on your own, and whenever we attempt to, it invariably ends in tears.
Morality and integrity are caught in connection, as are immorality and a lack of integrity. Your community will determine your commitment. Which, in effect, means your commitment to your community will have a determinative affect on your lifestyle. We aren’t better than this equation, nor were we ever meant to be.
Go to church and go to heaven.