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Ekklesia is Greek for Church

Agape is Greek for Love

Kasmos is Greek for World/Universe

I’ve been mulling over this for sometime now trying to figure out what exactly it means. About a week ago I decided to brush up on my Greek so I wrote down these three words completely independent in thought and of each other; I wrote them with no intention of unity and with no thought of harmony. As I placed these solitary words next to each other I realized that the very nature of these words meant that they could not stand-alone. Their very purpose is intertwined with unity and with harmony. I believe that they form a simple command; that we (the church) should love the world just as we have been asked.

My question then becomes why is this so hard for us to do? I understand that I’m no expert on the subject, but as I stand back and look I can see that there is something missing in the equation. It is love? Or is it our understanding of what the world actually is? Please don’t misunderstand me, I truly believe that there are Churches that are doing this quite well, but I’m not talking about individual Churches, I’m talking about the Contemporary Western Church or Contemporary Western Christianity as a whole and not the Catholic (universal) Church.

How can the Church begin to love the world when it can’t even begin to love itself? Division and strife are all too prevalent within its body. One part of its body is waging war against another part; is this how a body functions? Do our arms fight against our legs because they function differently? We know that this is not the case; our arms are in unison with our legs so that we can walk or run toward our desired direction. They work for a common goal, which is movement. I believe that we must begin to move in a common direction; we must move so that we will not become stagnant, we must move so that we will not die. The Church is the Bride of Christ, but somewhere in her journey she had desired to sit upon the throne of opulence, she has replaced the shepherd’s staff with a rod made from the bones of immigrants, her crown that once shone bright with the radiance of grace is now dim with the mire of legalism, her servants are those who’s homes have been destroyed all in “the name of God”, she eats the flesh and drinks the blood of martyrs and she has closed the gates to her kingdom so that the poor and the disenfranchised cannot enter. And yet she is still beautiful, she is still the Bride of Christ. Despite all of her shortcomings she has still been chosen by God to complete His greatest work.

It is here that my relationship becomes strained. I don’t always want to be a part of the Church for the reasons I mentioned, but yet I know that I cannot live without her. The Church as a whole is far too beautiful for my unbelieving mind to even begin to grasp. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m tired of the division within congregations, the strife between denominations. I’m tired of the typical Christian jargon, our feeble attempt to acclimate to society and I’m tired of the legalism within our hearts. I long for a whole and healthy body that can run toward the glory of Christ. I long for a community that loves the world and looks beyond its own doors to serve. I long for a community that is beacon to this world, who loves without regard and who is not shaken by shallow theories and twisted ideologies.

How I long to be one with the Bride of Christ.

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5 Comments»

  timglass wrote @

Oh yes! This is my longing as well, csmounday.

Blessings to you,
Tim

  Jen Thompson wrote @

intense, but really good. thank you!

  Soapbox wrote @

[…] Trail Blazers Blog | The Dallas Morning News wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt Ekklesia is Greek for Church Agape is Greek for Love Kasmos is Greek for World/Universe I’ve been mulling over this for sometime now trying to figure out what exactly it means. About a week ago I decided to brush up on my Greek so I wrote down these three words completely independent in thought and of each other; I wrote them with no intention of unity and with no thought of harmony. As I placed these solitary words next to each other I realized that the very nature of these words meant tha […]

  Matt wrote @

i dont care if you use juxtaposition

  baldlkrash wrote @

Quite a harsh critique of the body, I hope you are living the love that you are asking from the Church, see Matt 7:2


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