Eric and I had a long conversation last night about spiritual apathy and the need for authentic community. We both came to the conclusion that these two things are intertwined, in that our individual lives and journeys are strengthened by the level of community that we are a part of. On some level, the richness of our lives in spirit and in truth should always be done in the context of a community who is embodying the practice of Christ. It is interesting that in Genesis the first thing God calls bad is the fact that Adam is alone. Maybe Adam was never fully in the image of God until he was in relationship with others. And from this point he could experience God more fully. Modern Christianity has made the gospel into propositions that must be agreed to cognitively by individuals. But then are we making disciples or simply ‘believers’? Counter to this is Dallas Willard who states that any system that does not create disciples (in word and deed) of Christ should be abandoned. Therefore, we must constantly be engaged in the practice of Christ ( I am specifically thinking humility and servanthood above others) with others. This is not to say that we should abandon individual prayer, meditation, and reading of Scripture, but maybe it just means that we experience God’s presence best when we are living it together.