The church is the society that the world wants and tries to be, but never can be.
In the church selfless love is typical, standard, normal. In the world it is the exception that makes headlines.
In the church Christians treat each other equally, as brothers. There is respect and equality. In the world men are judged by their skin, their clothes, their bank accounts, their homes and origins.
In the church justice and right-doing exemplify daily interaction. The world fails miserably to provide justice and approves of shameful behavior.
In the church mercy takes up where justice leaves off. Forgiveness is given freely. The world is harsh and unforgiving.
In the church service is the hallmark of the saints. The little ones are taken care of. In the world people elbow others out on the way to the top, and the elite, rich and powerful make the headlines.
In the church is joy of life and joy at the coming of the Lord. Circumstances cannot affect the church’s mood. The world is a somber place punctuated by parties and temporary fixes.
In the church peace reigns, because disciples of Christ give preference to one another. The world has never seen a day without war and conflict.
The church is the community the world will never be because of its Governor and King. He is the one who makes all the difference between the church and the world.
“And the church is his body; it is filled by Christ, who fills everything everywhere with his presence” (Eph 1:23 NLT).