Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Proof of the Continuing Unity of the Body of Christ

I know it's common for us Christians to consider ourselves divided. This is for the very obvious reason that we distance ourselves from each other, criticize each other, and even sometimes condemn and attack each other. There are no feuds quite so bitter as when brothers fight brothers.

But consider some points: all Christians together celebrate with pride the great accomplishments of Christians from other groups: Handel is not celebrated by Lutherans alone, Mozart has more than a Roman Catholic audience, Dostoevsky is lauded by many Christians who have never set foot in an Eastern Orthodox church.

Consider some more points: all Christians together hang their heads in shame with the dishonor of those in other camps, whether the issue is a pedophile priest or a televangelist calling for the assassination of a foreign leader.
If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. (1Co 12:26)
Sounds like us, doesn't it? We may disown each other when we embarrass each other, but that doesn't change that we still belong to each other. I mean, we don't get embarrassed when Mormons do something goofy like bribe Olympic officials, do we? So as Paul was saying, the greatest thing we should strive for is love.

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