If the Body of Christ Doesn’t Represent Jesus Who Does?

Don’t you hate it when Christians say:

it sounds to me like you have a hurt, perhaps by someone (or people) from church, or even the church system itself. You need to remember, that we should not put our trust in the church system, or even people. Jesus is the only one we can depend on, the only one who will never let us down.

Whenever someone says this I want to scream. Why? Because it’s a cop out that’s why. “Jesus will never let us down,” they say. “Depend on Him,” they say.  Well, how exactly do you “depend” on Jesus? The bible says we are to depend on Jesus through the church, the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12: 12, 27; Eph. 4:12; Col. 1:24). What is the church made of? People.  Therefore, we are to depend on the Body of Christ to represent Jesus on earth. When this fails, then what? Why we are right back to where we started. Someone will say, “You must depend on Jesus, not flawed humans.” Bleck! Such tripe. It’s merely an attempt to escape the responsibility of BEING the body of Christ and owning up to the failure of the church when it happens.  It’s so easy to say, “You should never look to people, but only to Jesus!” When we are also told constantly that “we need a God with skin on!” Remember that in Sunday sermons! The only God with “skin on” is the Body of Christ represented by the church.

Come on! Won’t someone please say, “You know what, we’ve failed as the body of Christ. Many, many people are hurt by the church and perhaps we need to do something about it. We are not representing Christ to other people. We’ve failed and we’re sorry.” Now THAT would be refreshing!

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3 thoughts on “If the Body of Christ Doesn’t Represent Jesus Who Does?

  1. I’ve always thought that when people say things like you mention they were admitting their failure. Even when the church tries to help, sometimes it ends up making things more difficult.
    I’m quick to apologize when that happens.

    On the other hand, I don’t believe that the church (people) is the only way Jesus ministers. He works directly in my heart and mind. He comforts and encourages daily. I can assure you, speaking as a pastor, that there is a clear reality to the expression that “people will let you down but Jesus never will.”

    It’s not just a cop out, at least not in the way I understand it.

  2. Kclick,

    But, when someone who’s been hurt looks for answers, the pat answer is “People will let you down, but Jesus never will.” How does that work in real life if we aren’t to look for help with the body of Christ? Are we to be satisfied with an ethereal spirit when what we really need is friendship and comfort and material support? I don’t believe it’s the only way Jesus ministers either, but it’s all we have on this earth. And, it’s the only concrete way to evaluate the truth of what Christians are supposed to be and believe.
    Thanks for the comment.

  3. myst’o’iniq

    thanks again for a good perspective about the Church. i agree with you, even though i myself am part of the Church.

    i think you are right that we as Christians do need to BE the BODY of CHRIST, not make excuses for Jesus himself. if we aren’t showing Him through our lives, then there is no reason to believe. that is what JC said. “by this all men will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.” you see, if we aren’t loving other people, then we arent really acting like we should.

    now, pop quiz for all you fundamentalists who might read this…

    1. do christians as a whole, love or hate homosexuals?

    2. do christians as a whole, love or hate their enemies?

    3. do christians as a whole, love or hate their neighbor that is oh so annoying?

    4. do christians as a whole, you get the point….

    you see, we arent showing JC through our lives. we are failing. we represent Christ. we are the PRIMARY way that God reaches other people. and we fail.

    good post, but to all those christians out there, instead of making excuses like this post points out, let us move on toward love and good deeds ourselves and give no man a reason to speak badly of Jesus.

    peter

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