“Family, Not Community [Part 2]”
Union and Communion (Covenant)
Communities are parallel worlds crammed into the same universe.
Families are single worlds made of interdependent parts.
Communities are divisible, and are mainly unified by geography and the resignation that it is easiest not to fight with neighbors. If a conflict is too severe to wage, then I can move to another community, without permission from the neighborhood.
Bodies are indivisible without surgery. Families are indivisible without divorce. The church is a body. Leave and you amputate. The church is a marriage. Leave and you are abandoning your husband.
The church is the ONLY family of its kind. There aren’t other options. You can’t go to another way of union with the Lord. The ONLY route to the Father is …the Son. The Son has already claimed his only bride.
Believers, by and large, don’t have to be convinced to be part of A church, but being part of THE church means loving it.