In a lot of ways, it’s sad that America appears to be obsessed with their bodies. Too fat, too thin, not the right color, bulges where they’re not supposed to be, not perfectly symmetrical, hair too long, too short or not the right color and the list goes on and on. I was sitting at the cardiologist’s office thinking, “I’ve got too much fat - too much around the belly. She’s going to put me on a diet sure as the world.” She came into the exam room. Before she could utter a single word, I said, “I know, I know, I’ve got to take off the weight.” She said, “Why? You’re OK.” I had fallen victim to the American ideal of body. What a trap to fall into.
In church, we throw around the term “Body of Christ” quite a bit. But what is the body? The Body of Christ isn’t a physical body but a spiritual one. Lord help us if we think it’s physical – we’d probably try and come up with some standard of beauty and never be satisfied. The Body of Christ is you and me. Lumps and bumps and all; imperfect little specimens of bodily shapes. None of that matters. The spirit of each of us joins together to create a perfect spiritual body, the church, the Body of Christ. Certainly we have our own imperfections, but together we form a perfect body and God loves it. God loves us as the Body of Christ and as individual members of that body. We all have a part to play in that Body. What’s your part?
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!