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On another note, it’s been awhile since I read this of Frame, but I have a couple of thoughts. There are a couple of implications that we would want to avoid while affirming what Frame is saying. One is to be aware that this idea could provide a trump card against *any* admonition of having “correct” priorities. There are indeed good directions to take in studying priorites in the Bible. The “greatest” of faith hope and love is love. For whatever reason, what Mary was doing seemed to be more appropriate that what Martha was doing. The doctrine of resurrection seems to have a high priority, for without it, Paul calls what he does pitiful. Taking care of family is higher priority than “mere” religious activity. I wouldn’t mind at all if a brother called into mind my “priorities.” (In fact, that might a good corporate realignment of gifts usage!) A second concern I have is that this idea can end up being individualism again. Say a preacher preaches on being merciful to the poor and how his church needs to focus more on that. An individual might easily write that off thinking, “that doesn’t really my individual gift profile.” The funny thing is, everyone could actually agree with the preacher without anyone being individually convicted. An odd result.
Still potential for abuse is no reason to nix the idea, which I appreciate. Thanks for passing it along.]]>
With that in mind, we can see that socialism, though wrong and damaging, is seeking to achieve a blessing of the kingdom, that of a united body where people look out for one another. The huge push for diversity in our culture is another such grab for kingdom blessing. We are a body, but we are diverse parts.
I really liked Frame’s explanation that everyone does not have to be the entire body in and of themselves. My comments were aimed, however, at keeping this notion in balance with the corporate/individual nature of the church. That is, even in the individual priorities that lead to the recognizing of the various body parts, the body probably has a role to play.]]>
So are we to mirror in the church body on earth the completed Kingdom to come? I believe so. It appears then that there is a need for a sort of “corporate dimension” for the setting of individual priorities (not that there isn’t individual participation, but the extreme of complete personal separation from the decision on what to prioritize wasn’t the direction that I believe you were going).
I dunno, maybe I’ve missed the boat completely.]]>