August 21

Romans 12:4-8

“For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.” vss. 4-5

Paul’s words about the body of Christ are familiar. We’ve understood from the beginning that the many members of the Church have different functions, and that together we make up the one body. Even though we’ve had to fight a strong tendency to fragment, we know in our hearts that we work best when we are strongly united, and when each of our varied gifts are valued. In recent months however we’ve seen that truth threatened by our secular worship of individualism. For many in our country there is nothing more important than the individual’s right to self-determination. Huge percentages of the population have simply refused to cooperate in doing the things that our leaders say need to happen for the COVID virus to be successfully eliminated. And of course some leaders encourage their behavior, “Nothing,” they say, “should stand in the way of a person’s right to do as they please.” As a result, our community efforts have come up short–and results have been disappointing. In the body of Christ we look out for one another, and if sacrifices of freedom need to be made for the good of the whole, we will gladly make them! Even if it means wearing a funny-looking mask!

Thought for the Day: Are you more an individualist or a communitarian?

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