Christian love in the Alps
At L’Abri I caught a glimpse of how the Kingdom of God should look. What a wonderful thing it is to see people from all corners of the earth, from all walks of life, and from differing theological, political, and philosophical biases living in community with each other. I wish that toleration for contrasting ideas and genuine discussion were more commonly practiced within the Christian church.
I found joy in the simplicity of lifestyle. Of course, members of all classes so not have the money to spend a term at L’Abri. But for those that do, I imagine what they experience makes them hunger all the more for the final coming of Christ. I wonder if L’Abri is a step closer to the lifestyle we were designed to experience, before the Fall changed our course. Maybe if we lived in a world without sin, everyone would be able to spend their days working communally, talking about God, and reading each others’ ideas.
Christians are to be known by their love. Unfortunately, the Church often falls short of that call. But at L’Abri I encountered toleration for others and love for others that are to be admired. I was encouraged by the way individuals engaged in discussion with each other, with intention to grow and learn, instead of with intention to tear down and disprove the opposing opinion. There is something very kingdom-of-God-like about a diverse group of people overcoming differences to find genuine fellowship and support in one another.