Imagine seeing a body made entirely of hands, or of eyes (see image)? Or even, of feet? Or armpits? (I am imagining one eighty feet tall terrorising rural England- yeuch). Yet that seems to be how denominations can be. Bear in mind that the following post contains gross generalisations and is not an absolute guide to any particular fellowship of which you may be a member!
From 1 Corinthians 12: (focussing on the part from 12-27):
“Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.”
“If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?”
“The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,…”
The emphasis of Paul’s passage is the gifts of the Spirit. But I would like to take this further and make some suggestions, that surely apply to the denominationally divided church today. Continue reading