Zane Williams was just returning to church after a two week absence. He sort of thought that the collection jar for him was weird, but he didn’t know why there was a picture of a burnt building on it. As he entered the sancturary, people came up to him offering their condolences.
“Why are all y’all so sad? I’ve come with good news!” Zane told the congregation.
Betty answered him, “We stopped by your house and your neighbor told us that you’d gone to take possession of the bar. Three days ago while it was being renovated, it burned down. We decided to take up a collection to help you recoup your losses.”
“It’s all ok, I’ve been at the university taking the bar exam. I’m going to be a pro-bono lawyer.” Zane told them.
Just then Michael walked into the room. “Guess what I heard, that bar that burned down wasn’t Zane’s. It belonged to a guy named Hanes something.”
“what are we going to do with that three hundred dollars we’ve collected? Just give it to a guy we don’t know?” Betty asked.
While the congregation was sorting out the who’s and the what’s, Zane was already half-way to his car. He just didn’t need a church that would jump to conclusions and gossip behind his back. He was tired of similar incidents every other week. Now he understood why Jane and her family went elsewhere when people had thought that she was in rehabilitation when she was training to be a rehabilitation specialist.
1 Corinthians 12:19-21, “19Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening. 20For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. 21I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.”
The Corinthian Church missed the mark on alot of things. They were divided, prideful, allowing sexual immorality, misunderstanding doctrine and misusing spiritual gifts. Perhaps the modern church has a little too much in common. At any rate, gossip does not belong in a church. Paul set the straight and told them that Jesus Christ is more important than all of that. But the sort of trouble that inspired one letter called for a second one.
If We Are The Body by Casting Crowns
It’s crowded in worship today
As she slips in trying to fade into the faces
The girls teasing laughter is
carrying farther than they know
Farther than they know
But if we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren’t His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way
A traveler is far away from home
He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row
The weight of their judgmental glances
Tells him that his chances are better out on the road
Jesus paid much too high a price
For us to pick and choose who should come
And we are the body of Christ
Jesus is the way