I was tempted to write “Is Jesus a Cripple?” but I realize that is not a politically correct way to say things. Actually, it is polite to ask, “Is Jesus physically challenged?” I asked a question last week, ‘What constitutes failure?”and although there aren’t a lot of written comments, many of you weighed in in personal conversation about that. I anticipate my question here may raise a few eyebrows and even create some heartburn for some.
The singing group, Casting Crowns has a song entitled, “If we are the Body.” And they ask, ‘Why aren’t His arms reaching, why aren’t His hands healing, why aren’t His feet going?” I would ask, does the church as the body of Christ in America today truly reflect the heart of the Lord Jesus? Do we see people the way He sees them? Do we love people the way He tells us to love them? Are His priorities our priorities?
I remember Jesus saying it was to our advantage for Him to return to the Father because He would send the Holy Spirit to no longer simply be with us, but now to be in us. Then He said something about us doing the same works that He did, except to a greater degree. So what happened? All across America there are a few super churches. They are exploding with people that have responded to an incredible attractional model.
But all across America there are more church buildings that have fewer and fewer congregants as they sing, “I will not be moved.”So if we take Casting Crowns seriously, if we really are the body of Christ, and if we really aren’t reaching, and healing, and going, and telling, then the body of Christ must be handicapped. But is that possible? Or could it be that we have taken a name that is not true. Maybe many congregations just aren’t the body of Christ. I am just saying. . .