During meals, my group of friends and I always pushed the tables together to create this huge table to include a ton of other people. We could probably fit at least 20 people to our table or more on a daily basis. Looking back, this probably wasn't a very good idea because the table was so big it wasn't even like you were sitting with the people at the other end. But it was fun and we did it anyway because it's not fun to leave people out. The cafeteria staff probably hated us.
One day, during lunch, my friend told us about this idea he had. What if people all lived in one big house? Friends, spouses, children, etc. They all lived together, did meals together, helped pay the bills, babysat, etc. Basically... a big Christian Hippie Commune.
It was very much something a guy like him would think of.
As conversation about this idea went on, people started to have doubts. His girlfriend/finace at the time (I'm not sure where they were in their crazy relationship) decided it would be a bad idea. Practically, it just wouldn't work. What kind of house would they have? What if they had different philosophies about family? What if someone was unemployed, would they just be off the hook for paying the bills? Stuff like that. She had some good points and as we discussed we determined it wouldn't be all that brilliant.
However, from time to time I think about his idea. The big Christian hippie commune. A couple of years ago I mentioned it to him and he said he still stands by it and thinks it would be awesome. Sometimes I wonder if he knew something we didn't. He always had these outrageous ideas about love and community and church that would be completely againt the norm and not what we typically see in the Christian church. I'm sure some people at our conservative Lutheran university thought he was crazy.
Yet, maybe his ideas weren't that outrageous. Ultimately, he was all about living life together and walking through it side by side. Loving people simply because that was what you did, not because someone told you to or it was a program at church that day. Not loving and living because you're "supposed" to but simply because that's how it was.
I'm still not sure if the Christian Hippie Commune would have worked. But sometimes I like to imagine it could have and it would be fun to try.
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