Thursday, December 11, 2003
Individuals in Community
It is a fundamental conflict. Christianity is the most individual of all the world's religions -- your family, community, nation, etc . . . has no effect on your soul. "Whosoever" is the key word, in that anyone can come to Christ regardless of group affiliation, and anyone can be apart from Christ regardless of group affiliation. And at the same time, we are part of this mysterious thing called the "Body of Christ." We do not act like one body all the time if ever, but we are told that we are. It is the great mystery of being a Child of God. As an individual, you are called into the most intimate community that could be. It is a very strange thing.