Blog Template Theology of the Body: Unbelievable

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


The statement below showed up in my inbox this morning. The words allude to a local political initiative that hopes to involve Christians in the reform of the USA as God's Kingdom on earth. Somehow, the newest declaration of the well-intentioned Reformation has become "no church but country." CF:

"I have lived my Christian life primarily within the walls of the Church. However, I am convinced in my heart that every Christian must have an understanding of the
basic concepts you teach, along with study of biblical principles, as a
foundation for their call, and for the tearing down of the church's walls... for national transformation."

This sort of thing just breaks my heart. It also puts me in fear for our nation; if American Christians keep carrying on this idolatrous way about our national identity, it stands to reason that God will do whatever it takes to return our gaze to Him, and our rightful place within His Body- the one that He actually founded, the one that has only apostolic borders, the one that demands our full allegiance, the one that cannot be identified with the perishing political structures of men. The fact that many Christians are so off base in their worship and practical loyalties makes me really nervous.

I am running back to the book of Ephesians.

"And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things in His Church...To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be made known by the church the manifold wisdom of God...Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end...For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body...Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it...That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish...For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church... and the two shall become one flesh: I speak concerning Christ and the church."