Sunday, March 11, 2012

Does Your Church Honor the Less Honorable?

But now there are many members, but one body.  And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”  On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.  And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.  1 Corinthians 12:20-26

Paul is saying here that the weaker, the uncomely, the unseemly, the less honorable (or whatever other words used by the various English translations) are not only necessary in the body of Christ, but are given more honor than the rest.  Not only is this to be the case with us, but this is the way God designed it to be.  Do we really carry this out in reality?

Our natural tendency is to honor the strong, the acceptable, the ones with the bible degrees, the rich, the good looking, the refined, the ones who have the best jobs.  And we tend to neglect, ignore or marginalize the weaker.  But note what Paul says about the result of bestowing more honor upon the weaker: "...our less presentable members become much more presentable."  Much more presentable?  If this is so, why not make it a point?  When one is weaker and not presentable, being neglected sure is felt and a pattern of neglect can make weakness permanent.  Who wouldn't want a more presentable body?

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