"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St Irenaeus of Lyon

Thinking about the Church

I dipped my fingers into some theology that is significantly above my pay grade yesterday.  It’s so easy to let a conversation develop about the different human aspects of existing in the Body of Christ.  Yet, for what it’s worth, my own view of such conversations is that it is easier to talk about how we organize ourselves to be obedient to each other rather than about how we struggle together to be obedient to Christ.  Is our church just a cultural reality? just the power trip of a charismatic leader? just a moral vanguard thinly veiled by our own hypocrisy?

I think these questions are rightly painful when applied to our own local bodies of affiliation.  These questions are much easier to point in the direction of a Christian whom we regard as being other than ourselves.

Today’s Gospel features a well-known, well-wore passage of Scripture often touted on end zone signs as only the reference John 3:16.  Yet it opens by considering the need for the Cross of Christ.

Incidentally, the need for the Cross of Christ comes from our tendencies to betray ourselves, each other, and God Himself.  And I think the discussion of the Church loses all mooring if separated from Her King glorified on the Cross.  So I think I’m going to leave you today by encouraging you to check out Steve Robinson’s reflection on betrayal, particularly the betrayal that comes via an attempt to exalt ourselves and save our own skins.

Lord call us to that common humility that allows us to bend down in worship before Your cross while glorifying Your holy resurrection.


One response

  1. Steve is one of my favorite people in the whole world. Lots of wisdom that comes through constant struggle and an innate ability to reflect upon it and put it into words.

    I am glad that we have been able to enter into conversation, even though the level of discourse is hard to continuously maintain while working a regular job….lol.

    PS—didn’t make it to St. Anne’s this morning….it’s a 30 minute drive and I didn’t wake up early enough. Soon I hope!

    12 September 2010 at 6:04 pm

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