Can a decal create community? That is the question I asked myself when we were deciding whether to go ahead with giving out decals for everybody's car. Two years ago I would have said no. I would have said that a decal on a car can’t create a sense of belonging or community. Then my son joined the United States Marine Corp. Before going over to see his graduation from boot camp I got a decal and put it on my car, it is the Marine Corp emblem with the words “Proud Parent of a U.S. Marine. I really just did this to show my son I was proud of him, not to join a community. In the weeks and months that followed I noticed that other people with Marine Corp stickers would wave at me or smile at me at a stop light. I began to look for those decals knowing that they and I had something in common; each of us had a connection to the men who were willing to give their lives to keep us free. I had without going through boot camp, without picking up a weapon joined into the Marine Corp community.
Wikipedia has this to say about communities:
A community is a collection of living things that share an environment, so forming a recognizable group. These living things can be plants or animals; any species, any size. Communities are characterized by interaction in many ways. The definitive aspect of community is that each subject in the mix has something in common that allows identification. This article focuses on human communities, in which intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of adhesion.We at Vineyard Church of North Phoenix are all working together to minister to the hurting and the lost, to proclaim freedom for those who are trapped in addictions and sin, and to tell everyone who will listen, by actions and by words, that God loves them and has made a way for them to come home. That is what the decals stand for. They show that we are united as a community of believers being transformed into the image of Christ.
I hope to see more and more people proudly wearing the VCNP logo, I know I will. If I see you in traffic I’ll give you a wave and let you cut in. I’m proud to be part of a community like we have here at VCNP. See you out and about!