The reality is many of us have found or maintained some form of community over the past several months, but what about those who haven’t? What about at church when we connect via the internet but don’t get the fullest sense of “togetherness?” Paul speaks on this very idea in his letter to the Corinthians. No, Paul wasn’t examining our current situation when he brought up the issue of head coverings and the Lord’s Supper. He was talking about something that transcends nations, cultures and timelines: unity.
Our issue is not so much that we don’t have people around us, but rather it is that we are guilty of missing those around us. Paul told the Corinthians that they were allowing minor issues to split them apart. This clearly went against what Paul was teaching as he emphasized that the church was to, at all times, be focused on Jesus. As the central character, Jesus is the One who diminished social superiority and established a new era of loving one another as equals under God. Jesus himself, who was equal with God, humbled himself and took up the place of a servant (Phil. 2). Who are we to do any less? Though the context might be different, we are still to pursue unity at all times.
How are we considering and loving the marginalized right now? In what ways can we be truly unified as one body in Christ? As we gather online and when we return to a mutual space, let us remember one another. The person who sits alone, the new family, those we disagree with, etc. They are our brothers and sisters. We are responsible for them and they for us.
Paul says to not consider ourselves as much as we consider the good of others. We glorify God when we do so. As it says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, we need to be humble, prayerful, God-seeking, and repentant people so that we may see where God wants to work in our lives.
So let us, now and when we return, sing shouts of praises and make joyful noises as an outpouring of our joy in him whose steadfast love endures forever, and let us do so together. “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” – Romans 11:36
Young Adults Intern and student of theology and Tatiana!