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The Incarnate Body of Christ

March 17, 2012
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Integrated circuit chip (Photo credit: takuyaabe)

We all talk about it, the downfall of civilization as we know it, the decline in people’s ability, capacity and even desire to commune together anymore.  FaceBook, Linkedin, MySpace, etc. we share more with complete strangers than any other civilization to date, but somehow we have fewer friends.  In fact, “friend” has come to mean something new completely for most people.  It’s even a verb in some people’s usage, but it is losing the intimate, truthful characteristic we once treasured.  In light of this, the church, especially our local one, gains a greater importance in the mental and emotional health of our society today.

Listen to what John Stott wrote in 1982 (!) in his book, I Believe in Preaching (p. 69):

It is difficult to imagine the world in the year A.D. 2000, by which time versatile micro-processors are likely to be as common as simple calculators are today.  We should certainly welcome the fact that the silicon chip will transcend human brain-power, as the machine has transcended human muscle-power.  Much less welcome will be the probable reduction of human contact as the new electronic network renders personal relationships ever less necessary.  In such a dehumanized society the fellowship of the local church will become increasingly important, whose members meet one another, and talk and listen to one another in person rather than on screen.  In this human context of mutual love the speaking and hearing of the Word of God is also likely to become more necessary for the preservation of our humanness, not less.

30 years on and he nailed it, didn’t he?  Scripture exhorts us to not give up meeting together (cf. Heb. 10:25), because we need one another (there’s an amazing word study if you ever get bored, the one another‘s) in the fellowship of Christ to be whole.  Wholeness – spiritually, mentally, emotionally – is a precious gift God grants us through the restoration of fellowship with Him, a gift that many desperately need today.  And it’s one He wants to give us through His friendship to us testified by His coming to us, Jesus wants to “friend” us, are we too busy or too shallow to friend Him?

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