Merriam Webster defines community as
- 1 : a unified body of individuals: as
a : state, commonwealth
b : the people with common interestsliving in a particular area; broadly : the area itself <the problems of a largecommunity>
c : an interacting population of variouskinds of individuals (as species) in a common location
d : a group of people with a commoncharacteristic or interest living together within a larger society <a community of retired persons>
e : a group linked by a common policy
f : a body of persons or nations havinga common history or common social, economic, and political interests <the international community>
g : a body of persons of common and especially professional interestsscattered through a larger society <the academic community>
- 2 : society at large
- 3 a : joint ownership or participation <community of goods>
b : common character : likeness <community of interests>
c : social activity : fellowship
d : a social state or condition
In Genesis 2:18 God tells us it's not good for man to be alone. And from there community was born.
In Luke 10:29 a man ask a common question. It's asked by everyone attempting to justify his thought process concerning social interactions and interpersonal relationships. "Who's my neighbor?"
Afterall, if I don't personally know (IE like) the person in question, I'm exempt in my responsibility to care for them, in other words, 'Not my problem!'
Doesn't that sound familiar? Isn't that how Kayin (Cain) responded to God after he murmured, his brother, a righteous man, 'Not my problem!' OK, he did prase it a little nicer, '...Am I my brothers guardian?' Genesis 4:9
The dialogue in Luke 10 continued with Yeshua telling a story and in verse 36 Yeshua asked a question, who was the neighbor? The man who had previously sought to justify his thought process answered the man who showed mercy.
Isn't it strange, generations from Kayin even past the man speaking to Yeshua until we arrive to now! Generations later and we still haven't learned. No one should be alone, abandon, ignored, forgotten and neglected, because yes, we are our brothers guardians.
They're to many suicides (1 is outrageous) per World Health Organisation (WHO)
Homeless, Starvation, Provery Human Trafficking, Bullying, Hate Crimes this is a small list of community problems, the tip of the iceberg.
Then they too will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, a stranger, needing clothes, sick or in prison, and not take care of you?’ And he will answer them, ‘Yes! I tell you that whenever you refused to do it for the least important of these people, you refused to do it for me!’ They will go off to eternal punishment, but those who have done what God wants will go to eternal life.” Mattityahu (Mat) 25:44-46 CJB
That's not original!
“Here is the sort of fast I want — releasing those unjustly bound, untying the thongs of the yoke, letting the oppressed go free, breaking every yoke, sharing your food with the hungry, taking the homeless poor into your house, clothing the naked when you see them, fulfilling your duty to your kinsmen!” Then your light will burst forth like the morning, your new skin will quickly grow over your wound; your righteousness will precede you, and Adonai ’s glory will follow you. Then you will call, and Adonai will answer; you will cry, and he will say, “Here I am.” If you will remove the yoke from among you, stop false accusation and slander, generously offer food to the hungry and meet the needs of the person in trouble; then your light will rise in the darkness, and your gloom become like noon. Yesha 'yahu (Isa) 58:6-10 CJB
What is community to you? And what do you think your involvement should be with your neighbor?