This movie was an extreme example of isolation, and I have never been in a church that was that isolated; however, I have heard some bizarre comments:
- “Why are we involved in missions when we don’t reach our own?” The person who said this didn’t want to reach their own either.
- “We want to have many congregations reaching every area of the city, but I don’t understand this focus on outreach?” This is my favorite quote.
- “That city is saturated with churches. Why are you going there?” That city was at best 5% Christian but had several famous mega-churches.
In the Philippines there is a unique kind of community, a village, that is the exact opposite of the community in the movie “The Village”. I speak of the fishing village. Here are some simple characteristics:
- The main goal is to live and to catch fish.
- This village is a community built directly beside a body of water or even sometimes on bamboo stilts over the water. Why? Well… because that is where the fish are.
I think that you get the point. The church should not be an isolated group in a building. It should be community reaching community from within community. This is the Christianity that we all long to see, and I sincerely hope to reproduce it everywhere I go. To my friends in the Philippines … Thanks.