Jesus bids his disciples to follow him.
This invokes life as a journey, imparts an understanding of human nature, and provides a vision of human destiny that culminates in ultimate community.
Jesus bids his disciples to follow him while living in cultures that instead are inwardly framed on the what is termed freedom and increasingly produces lives enmeshed in self-centredness.
The church exists today as resident aliens, an adventurous colony in a society of unbelief. As a society of unbelief, Western culture is devoid of a sense of journey, of adventure, because it lacks belief in much more Thant the cultivation of an ever-shrinking horizon of self-preservation and self-expression.
Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon, Resident Aliens (Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition), Abingdon, 2014, pg. 49.