If we had to boil down contemporary Christianity into ‘must haves’ we would only need a few verses like:
John 13:34-35; Love one another
Matthew 22: 36-39; Love your God; Love your neighbor
Acts 1:8; Witness
The demonstrative characteristic immovable from the three is love. Love for one another, AND love for your neighbor.
The way churches reflect these characteristics is by developing community; offering people a place to belong and be loved. Community is a powerful tool that’s even celebrated in some of the most popular TV shows of our generation.
But there’s a tension we need to address. Christian community has become relatively exclusive to the point Christians simply don’t connect with people who are different.
Here’s a thought: if there’s no depth in relationship in the church, and no love for the neighbor, can we call Christianity?