Reader D-2 says he just read C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and “got the impression that community is . . . different [from] exchanging peace signs, holding hands during the Pater Noster or nodding graciously to familiar faces in the vestibule.”

He read in Mere C. “something about unity with Christ is more important than ‘being nice.’ Either way, [he’s] not in a mood for being nice to people who ‘disrespect’ the commUNITY by showing up in torn jeans.

“Then again, it’s been a long time since [he’s] been in church with any regularity, so the changes appear to [him] even more stark. And dismaying.”

“Never mind me,” he adds. “I’m just getting old and cranky.”

To which I respond: None of that stuff. With age comes wisdom. Say that after me: With age comes wisdom . . .

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