Summary: There is a message that the Body of Christ emits to the world. We issue Body language through the non-verbal communication of our presence and interactions with people on a daily basis.
(Picture) Rebecca Cory is a standup comic. She is best known for her appearance on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”. I do not vouch for her brand of comedy because I have never heard her personally. I mention her because her routine is apparently quite engaging and she draws large audiences. Part of her success is attributed to her body language that accompanies her jokes.
Body language is a means of communication through body movements or gestures. Folding arms, a leaning posture, or a squinted face all protray a message without use of words.
There is a message that the Body of Christ emits to the world. We give off Body language through the non-verbal communication of our presence and interactions with people on a daily basis. This is true whether we look at the global community of Christian faith or our own individual interactions with our neighbors next door. The question we must ask ourselves is what message are we communicating through our Body language?
In today’s text, the apostle Paul uses the physical body to illustrate three particular aspects of the spiritual body or the body of Christ and how we relate and contribute to that body. These lessons are presented with a funnel effect to my mind. The lesson begins with the Body of Christ in her global context of our spiritual heritage, finally arriving at the relationships that we have every day. He goes on to speak of love as the one sure thing needed for us to communicate the right Body language to all citizenships, cultures and faith communities because the language of love speaks to hope, acceptance, forgiveness, and relationship to God.
Paul first speaks to the issue of
1. Ethnic Origins
• Verse 13a (Jews or Greeks)
The Christian and Missionary Alliance Church recognizes “A Unique Opportunity to Share the Gospel through Church Planting.” Quoting a U.S.A. Census they offer that “Ethnic people constitute 31 percent of the United States population. Hispanics represent 12.5 percent, African-Americans 12.1 percent, and Asians 3.6 percent of the United States population. More Jews live in America than in Israel. More Cubans live in Miami than in any city in Cuba except Havana. More Polish people reside in Chicago than in any city except Warsaw, Poland. More Amenians live in Los Angeles than in any city in the world. Multiethnics are a majority in twenty-five U.S. cities, including 61 percent of Chicago, 73 percent of New York, and 78 percent of Los Angeles. According to future projections, by 2060, the Asian population of the United States will surpass 42 million and the Hispanic population 115 million.” Their stated vision is an intention to train Great Commission leaders who will plant and grow Great Commission churches.
In this account we have a solid representation of how God would have us view the global community. He would have us see all people as his people, created in his image. It is amusing how we generally have an image that God is of our own ethnic origin. Glenys and I spent three years in Bermuda as pastors of a local church. The first Christmas was a fascinating experience! Santa arrived Christmas eve on a motorcycle! Not only that, but Santa was not white! Obviously there is no reason to think he would be, except for the perceptions that we generate in our own minds.