Years ago, my husband and I met in a faith community that had a radio show. A LONG time ago. People would write letters. People in the community would answer them. If the written conversations went on long enough or if someone asked about it, we just encouraged people to pray about moving so they could be closer and actually participate in what I think you would now call the "incarnational" actual flesh and blood community. Many did. Some stayed even thought it was usually harder than they expected. Some left for various reasons. But virtual (and spiritual, by the way) became something very real.
What if virtual community leads to global relocations? Imagine that! What kind of courage and faith would that take? We're told that the kingdom of God isn't for the faint of heart, you know - and I don't think it's God's intention that we hide and live unto ourselves . . .
Global relocations would be an interesting phenomena indeed, and particularly challenging to those who grow up experiencing more social on-line than off-line . . .
It's something to ponder because, quite simply, if community is based on electricity and the power goes off, we're sunk. Not likely . . . but it could, you know.
Now, I'm going back to read the blogs while I still have power.
It's snowing outside.
Again . . .