Jim Denison on the Urgency of True Community

A man walked into a Costco store in Florida and bought one hundred generators. They cost him $450 each. Why would one person need one hundred generators? He wouldn’t, but people in the Bahamas would.

He sent them all there by boat, but that’s where the story ends. He doesn’t want to be named, asking that people focus on helping those affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Meanwhile, a six-year-old boy in South Carolina was saving up for a trip to Disney World when Hurricane Dorian struck the US. He decided to use the money to feed evacuees instead.

While the storm is expected to finally dissipate tomorrow, its effects will be felt for years. As will the goodwill of those who chose to serve those in need.

When we extend our community to hurting people, we change their world and ours.

WHY WE PLAY TENNIS BUT WATCH FOOTBALL

The National Football League kicked off its first Sunday games yesterday. The college football season continued the previous day. NFL games are watched by nearly sixteen million viewerscollege football is watched by more than fifteen million fans as well.

The US Open tennis finals were played over the weekend as well, with Serena Williams losing to Bianca Andreescu in an upset on Saturday and Rafael Nadal edging Daniil Medvedev to win his nineteenth Grand Slam title on Sunday. Last year’s women’s final drew three million viewers; the men were watched by two million.

Nearly eighteen million Americans play tennis, while there are just over one million football players of all ages in the US. And yet, football dwarfs tennis as a spectator sport.

I think I know one reason why.

We in Dallas like to say of the Cowboys when they are victorious that “we” won. We find enormous solidarity and community with our favorite team. If the Cowboys lose, however, I’ve noticed that many of us say “they” lost.

In an existentialist culture that focuses on the individual above all else, football is the optimal community experience. We can claim ownership of the team we choose when we choose. We can even engage in fantasy football and video football leagues.

But, if our team loses, we can disown them with the change of a pronoun.

THE PERIL OF COMMUNIFORMITY

So-called “deaths of despair” from drugs, alcohol, and suicide have reached a record highLoneliness and social isolation are epidemics and can be as damaging to our health as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day.

The great need of our day is for the kind of genuine community only Christianity offers.

Note that the word is spelled community, not communiformity. Uniformity is often forced and enforced. Unity happens when we find common cause in a common foundation, purpose, and future.

Consider an example.

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