Lyle and I don’t have cable, but that does not keep me from wasting my time watching television shows. Instead, I watch shows off of Netflix or the Internet. Lately, my newest “addiction” has become the show Bones. Bones is about an anthropologist named Temperance Brennan and her FBI partner Seeley Booth. Together, with their team of brilliant lab techs, they solve murders of victims who are too decomposed to be identified by anyone else. In some episodes the bones of the victims end up badly broken, no longer intact, and/or scattered in several locations. Yet, in the end Brennan, Booth, and their team re-assemble the remains and catch murderers.
Tonight I read a passage in Acts 2 – now I’m not sure if it is my new-found obsession with this show or what – but I was able to draw a connection between the show and this passage.
Unlike the church today, this passage describes the early Christian church as one of unity. As the body of Christ we are called to be united, and this group of people had it right. Acts 2:41-47 paints a beautiful picture of how the body of Christ should interact with one another.
41Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
The modern-day church has lost site of this unity. Instead we are like the remains in Bones – broken and disconnected. Unlike Brennan and Booth in the show, we know the “murderer” in our case. The culprits are pride, selfishness, and disregard for others. How can the body of Christ function when we have bruised and beaten one another with useless arguments, gossip, and pride? We have taken something so powerful that it changed the lives of 3,000 people in the course of 1 day and have limited it to mere human capability. The people in Acts delighted in one another and shared the belongings selflessly. I wish petty differences such as music, dress, and minute doctrinal differences didn’t stand in the way of the unity of the body of Christ today. Let’s strive to relate to one another in unity; let’s follow the example of this passage. Imagine the impact the church could have on the world today if we would only drop our pride and work together for the cause of His kingdom. “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you,” 2 Corinthians 13:11.