This week’s article is written by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
Christian churches are referred to as “bodies of Christ.” The members are to work together to accomplish God’s purpose. This takes a variety of people, with various skills and resources. The Bible points this out by reasoning that all parts of the human body are different but important. Without all the parts there and working together, the human body cannot function properly. No one part, or person, is more important than another. In another view, no one part, or person, can do it all.
The church is to be led by God through the Holy Spirit guiding pastors, elders and the leaders of the church. The early leaders of the Way urged each church to be of one mind because dissension causes great weakening of the body … just like a disease causes us to function at a low level. For a body of people to be of one mind requires mutual respect and willingness to adapt.This is what churches strive to achieve. Many succeed, at least for some period of time, but like our own bodies, it is hard to “stay in shape,” and problems arise that try to divide us.
Our nation can look to this policy as well. Lincoln said “a house divided cannot stand.” We are not a house divided, but we sometimes act like it.
One of our nation’s mottos is “in God we trust.” If so, it takes mutual respect and a willingness to adapt if we are to be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”