Thursday, January 25, 2007

C. S. Lewis Gets It! Why can't the rest of us?

In the newly released third volume of C. S. Lewis's letters, he has this to say about the church.

“For the church is not a human society of people united by their natural affinities but the Body of Christ in which all members however different (and He rejoices in their differences & by no means wishes to iron them out) must share a common life, complementing and helping and receiving one another precisely in their differences. . . .If people like you and me find much that we don’t naturally like in the public & corporate side of Christianity all the better for us: it will teach us humility and charity.” 12 July 1950, p. 68-69.

This is what I have been trying to say for several years, with very few denominational leaders willing to listen. This is what Immanuel Baptist Church in Greensboro has been trying to do for forty years, going against the tide all the way. I know that homogeneity "works", but our calling is not to do what works but what is right. C. S. Lewis gets it. IBC gets it. I get it. Billy Belk gets it. Mark Dever gets it. Anyone else out there get it?

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