Ben Witherington interviews Scot McKnight on McKnight’s new book, A Fellowship of Differents. The interviews I’ve read sound great. This interview in particular draws out a connection between Christ and his Church I think we keep wanting to lose in our American culture.
We have too much of this, “I love Jesus, but can’t stand his Church” kind of mentality. Quite frankly, and this is as honest as I’ve been on this, that is GARBAGE thinking.
We like a head without a body? Get real.
McKnight says this in the interview:
The church, a local church, is the Body of Christ, a local Body of Christ. I cannot emphasize enough that Christ and his Body are in union and one can’t love the Bridegroom without loving his Bride, the church.
Most importantly, modernity and postmodernity have wreaked havoc in the church with individualism and the notion that each of us is captain of our own soul. Yes, but there’s danger lurking there. Each of us accountable to God as a person but God is at work building the church and not simply individual Christians.
The body needs to express the beauty of Christ better. I won’t argue that. But to say we love a head without a body is just… well… creepy.
22 God put everything under Christ’s feet and made him head of everything in the church, 23 which is his body. His body, the church, is the fullness of Christ, who fills everything in every way. (Eph. 1:22-23)
I will confess my love for Christ AND his Church. He is perfect, and he is perfecting his body. We do this together.