Teenage Pregnancy Pact for Community

“Community”… such a buzzword among Christians.   And within minutes today I encountered two thoughts on it.  Paul Zahl writes, in Practical Grace, “It is an abstract concept and not a report from life to say that we exist in community.  We may wish to exist in community.  It may be possible to become community.  But in the demanding givens of the struggle of life, we are, in our human nature, single. 

And I came across a story today of a group of high school girls, the oldest 16, who made a pact to become pregnant and raise their babies together.  Apparently one of them chose a 24-year-old homeless man to help her get the job done….  Generally the girls expressed a desire to have a child so they could be loved unconditionally and have purpose.  Adults weighing in on the story mentioned the general sense of directionlessness that the town’s youth feel in recessionary, complicated times.

But we are ultimately alone in the sense of Proverbs 14:10 (“Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.”)  Yet we do crave community.  And adults seek community in only slightly more subtle and sophisticated ways than desperate teenagers do. 

Yet Jesus says, “Come unto me, all you who are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)  That’s the beginning of community. 

~ by Cary on June 20, 2008.

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