First I’d like to propose the question: Is the so called need for accountability and community a universally thought of concept or is it Christianese, I.e., buzzwords that are propagated by Christians solely?
I would think that a need for community is backed if not propagated by folks in many walks of life and religion. After all, what individual is not stronger with like-minded members of a group or society? But realism, or perhaps individualized capitalism tends to be in favor of isolating community to controlled environments such as members of a commune or mental health patients in a hospital for such needs. So then is it utopian to think of beneficial community existing outside such parameters? At certain churches I have attended “small groups”, I.e., home bible studies or dinners, etc. that seek to connect attendants of the church with the expressed intent of building relationships. One church even has the controlled version in which folks with troubled pasts can live together with the common purpose of the church’s itinerary which includes custodial work at the church and designated study materials. My observation of this “commune” has seen pros and cons such as spiritual growth yet accompanied by the type of attachment a long time prisoner might experience when trying to enter back into the outside society.
My sentiment is that accountability is a subset of community. You got to have at least a person to hold you accountable.
What I think about community is that it seems idealistic because of our society’s independent teachings, and it does have everything to do with the amount of effort you put into it. There was a buzz-saying at the college I attended that stated, “we are all victims of our presuppositions”. That is to say, if I have made it up in my mind that I don’t like one or a group of folks, then of course I can be persuaded to like or love them, but that presupposition that community is a waste of time will crop up again and need to be readdressed.
In the end, “with God all things are possible”. Like an athlete striving for the Olympics, we must put on the full armor of God in defense against our predispositions that originate in hell. We must cast aside observations and take up the kind of love that initiates relationship in season and out. But be encouraged. The battle is the Lord’s! We just need to be available to be used by the Almighty!