“Someone once said that ‘a community is where the person you like least always is.’

When you think about it, the early church was comprised of individuals, Jews and Gentiles, that despised each other. Yet they found themselves in the same fellowship purely because of the cross.

But in the American church, we want to build our communities around everything except the cross. We’re more prone to build community around shared culture, shared political views, shared styles of music, a shared leader…and whatever else.

And all those things subtly become idolatrous substitutes for uniting around the cross.”

~ Skye Jethani