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A Body

June 24, 2008

The church is a body. It isn’t one because we make it one or agree it is one, it is a body. We don’t get to say it isn’t because it is broken and divided and struggling to have a clear focus on Jesus Christ. It doesn’t work that way.

I was thinking about this after reading the USAToday article and dealing with personal decisions. You see I think at times people think about individual sin as something that is forgivable and therefore not an issue. What we don’t seem to think about is how that impacts the body.

When you start to see statistics that believer divorce rates are higher then the world you see what I mean. They are measured as a body, not as individuals or can it be forgiven. The world views it as the body. I understand that this rate is heavily impacted by the fact that most people live together but even that fails to recognize the issue.

I think a big problem with the body is we see ourselves as individuals, as if we get to decide if we are a part of the body or not. When we view sin we only think about how it impacts us, we don’t think about the body.

I think Paul understood this when he wrote to Corinth as recorded in 1 Corinthians 5. Get the sexual sin out of the body, the kingdom. When he tells them, “Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16) I think he understood.

No, I think far to often we think as individuals robbing the body of power all because we are consumed with personal salvation and if we will be forgiven. The body has no impact because we don’t appreciate that we are part of a body.

Can anything be done to correct this? Is preaching about it enough or is it so engrained that it won’t come out? Do we have any choice? Is it better to just start something totally new? Thoughts.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2008 12:27 am

    this is one thing monastics totally understand. they see how their actions effect others everyday because they live in community. this can only be shown and felt in community. i truly believe that. no message or combination of words makes someone understand the body like being in community does.

  2. June 25, 2008 2:49 am

    Great comments Tyler.

    No wonder we try to avoid living in community.

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