Fake Community Until We Face Our Sin

Dietrich Bonhoeffer from his classic book, Life Together (the inspiration for this blog), argues that there is no real community until we face up to our sin: 

“Only that fellowship which faces such disillusionment, with all its unhappy and ugly aspects, begins to be what it should be in God’s sight, begins to grasp in faith the promise that is given to it. The sooner this shock of disillusionment comes to an individual and to a community the better for both. A community which cannot bear and cannot survive such a crisis, which insists upon keeping its illusion when it should be shattered, permanently loses in that moment the promise of Christian community.”

(HT: Ray Van Neste)