It is a privilege and a blessing to be a part of a community of believers. We are provided our whole lives with a Christian community via the church, but right now while we are at SPU, we are able to live daily within the community. This is not something to be taken for granted, but something that we should be thankful for every day.
The first sentence of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s "Life Together" is Psalms 133:1: "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" It is refreshing and encouraging to be in the presence of fellow believers. However, Bonhoeffer notes that it is indeed a gift to live with other Christians; it is not something that should be thought of as commonplace.
Many SPU students come from Christian high schools and may not see much of a difference in campus life from what they experienced in high school. Other students come from schools where they may have been forced to defend their beliefs rather than discuss their faith and be exhorted as we often are here. Although defending our faith and holding to our convictions can prove to be a period of growth, there is no denying that challenges are easier to face when we are not alone.
Being a student at a Christian university is not something that we should take lightly by breezing through our time here. We need to take a step back and look at all the things going on in the world and the pain and loneliness that are so prevalent. We have a plethora of resources available to us, likely more so now than we ever will. How can we use these resources to reach out to others in the community who are in need? We should be there to pick up our brothers and sisters when they need encouragement or prayer; part of being in a community is being able to lean on one another. It isn’t always the case that SPU students show love and consideration to others, but it is much more likely to happen here then it is outside of SPU. Pause and take a moment to think about all the things that you appreciate about your school and what it offers that so many others do not.
In "Life Together," Bonhoeffer realized that living in the company of Christians is a privilege that is not guaranteed. Although having fellowship is an important part of our spiritual growth, we should not forget to set aside time to thank God for the blessings in our lives and the opportunity we have to worship him openly and on a regular basis. Nobody knows better than Bonhoeffer, who was imprisoned by the Nazis, what it is like to lose your freedom. He learned to appreciate it while he still had it, and it is important that we do the same.
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Title: Staff editorials | Author: Staff Editorial | Section: Opinions | Published Date: 2006-01-25 | Internal ID: 4798