While I was visiting my parents this past weekend, we enjoyed being in their church. It is also the church Terri and I planted back in 1989. During the worship service they actually sang a hymn! (This is rare in that church these days, as I understand it.)
They were having a great time singing, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”. It’s one of my favorites. However, reflecting on Bonhoeffer, I noticed a line in a verse that was sad. It said, “If I falter, Lord, who cares? None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.”
That is supposed to be comforting. “It’s you and me, Jesus.”
I don’t find that very comforting. That’s not the Church. If I falter, the CHURCH should care! If I hurt, the CHURCH should feel that hurt.
A young children’s pastor and his wife tragically lost their two year old daughter recently. It is incredibly painful. If that man had to rely on just him and Jesus, he would be in a world of hurt! Instead, Christ moves through the Body to be with that dear brother and his wife. Maybe words cannot be spoken, but the PRESENCE of the Body of Christ is so crucial. If I lost one of my sons, the PRESENCE of the Body of Christ would be so meaningful to me. Maybe there would be meaningless words spoken. There always are. Yet, the PRESENCE of Christ in his Body would be so real and so needful to me.
“If I falter, Lord, who cares?”
I hope the Church cares! If another falters, I hope I care!