In our Jesus commune it becomes difficult if not impossible to demonize those who are different. If we acknowledge mutuality, interdependence, then even if we differ in opinion or approach, we are undergirded by caring, even love. God asks us to work for the day when the brutal divisions and mistrust we have created can be dissolved in the name of greater good; when coming together at the table might mean something more than just a dressed-up, symbolic state dinner; when we might learn to speak one another’s languages. We have centuries of acculturation to assumptions and mistrust of others to overcome. Building community, creating commune if you will, requires a spiritual “starting over;” coming to a place where we identify our shared humanity and shared needs in preference to naming only what divides us. It is an attitude of abundance rather than scarcity; that we have more going for us than against us.
Peace and grace,