1 Corinthians 12
The Bible tells us that all Christians, all members of the Church, are all apart of the Body of Christ. What we do and what we don’t do affects the rest of us. In this day and age we have had some success making it very clear that some churches are outside the norm of the rest of the churches. Such churches forget that Christ is their head. We aren’t any good to each other unless we help each other out. We should stop being the tiny Mackasaw Church that ignores the things that are going on beyond the limits of our lot. We should stop being the mega Mackasaw Church that doesn’t even know who attends. We should stop being the 1st Mackasaw Church as we aren’t in competition. We need cooperation. All of those churches are one as are the rest of the churches in the area.
There was something to be said for the circulation of letters that the first century church relied upon. Just like neurons sending a message to the fingers to type these letters or the circulation of blood that infuses oxygen to each cell, the church could get needed information upon which they ought to act. The closest thing we have is the Bible, but sometimes the message to act upon the Word is lost.
Without the Spirit, the body suffers. It’s like the oxygen that’s needed for each cell to function. The Spirit empowers and employs us to accomplish various tasks that are needed to build up the church as a whole according to the gifts it gives. One spirit, one body, for one Christ-following church.
Finally, even when there are churches that have gone awry, parts that damaged and diseased, then we are afflicted the same way as a whole. We shouldn’t celebrate their humiliation, but we should all feel the same shame. The goal ought to be for all us to be healthy and functioning. To do that, we need an unparalleled level of cooperation, which, I’m afraid, may not be possible until everybody sees the need to make the change.