Body Language

To be effective the Body of Christ must be one. “If I can’t be an eye I won’t be of the body,” “I’m not a foot so I don’t belong.” If we were all eyes where would the hearing be? This is why schism is so injurious, and must surely be, at least in part, why Jesus prayed so fervently to his Father that “they may all be one, even as we are one.” God is indivisible, and so should believers be. A unity founded upon “faith and knowledge of the Son of God.” Eph. 4:13. A mature knowledge leads to unity, and that mature knowledge means “that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery.” Eph. 4:14. And where does the mature teaching, from which flows the unity, come from? “He gave some as apostles, others as prophets,” and etc. Eph. 4:11. Where? Simple. Church hierarchy. Aka, Christ-given authority and the magisterium. “He who hears you hears me.” That is what he said, and not my take on it. Eisegesis and exegesis have little application here, the words being all to explicit in themselves. It’s hard to read into it something that’s not there, it’s even harder not to see what is there. (As a bonus here, consider that he didn’t say, “He who hears you, and who hears anyone else claiming in good faith to speak for me, hears me.” But it is stated in other places that there are many false teachers gone out into the world. In all probability at least some are sincere.) Maturity, and the resulting unity, comes from obedience to rightful authority. Something that’s gotten lost along the way of the “me” generation, the roots of which, I believe, can be found in a wrongful concept of the individuals “rights”. And, insisting on our “rights” we often as not cut our nose off to spite our face, forgetting the needful unity of the body. Forgetting the rightful authority and the obedience we owe to Jesus and hence to his delegated representatives (we are, after all indebted to Christ and so expected to be obedient servants). Freewill is a dangerous thing in the hands of infants. Like a two-year old with a sharp knife, freewill without maturity can lead to lost body parts.

In la sua voluntade e nostra pace. Dante. (In his will is our peace.)

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Published in: on March 6, 2011 at 11:30 am  Comments Off on Body Language