Much has been said and taught about Christians being the body of Christ. It’s no surprise for we all love hearing how we are all significant and important. We strive to be the best we can be so that we can be of great help to the body. We look for strong people we can work with and get inspired by these great parts of the body of Christ. We celebrate their success. We are proud to be affiliated to them even if it’s just by a common religion. But what about those who are weak? Do they deserve the same honor? This is what the Bible says.
22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
1 Corinthians 12:22-26
From the text, we can see the three classifications of the parts of the body of Christ and the right way to honor them.
1. Those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable
As Christians, we are not like the rest of the world because we do not believe in the concept of “Survival of the fittest.” We don’t just dispose of people who are weak. In fact, we are instructed to build them up and support them as they grow in Christlike character.
2. The parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty
Now, it’s also a fact that not all Christians are factory-made, quality-controlled, and perfect individuals. Most of us are far from even being good, much less great. However, though good looks and achievements make for being presentable in the real world, that shouldn’t be the standard for how we view people.
3. Our presentable parts need no special treatment
It is very natural for us, people, to treat presentable people better. In the Philippines, the disparity between the manner of treatment of rich, beautiful, light-skinned, and English-speaking people versus their “local” counterparts can be clearly observed. I may not be a mestiza per se, but I experience this special treatment everytime I go to provinces.“Tiga-Maynila yan!” my cousins would say. And all their playmates instantly start following our mini-motorcade around the barrio.
This is against the Bible’s teachings. We are not supposed to get all fan-girly just because people look great or speak a foreign language with a twang. We have to love our brothers and sisters equally, without positive or negative bias against anyone.
It’s a sad reality that some churches do not follow this. We love the “Give honor to whom honor is due” mantra. Presentable people are saved special seats, fed special food, and lavished with extra attention while the “unpresentable” people are usually ignored; remembered only on occasional “outreach” programs during the holidays.
Have we forgotten that Christ died for all of us? As fellow recipients of God’s love, we have to…
LOVE WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
And that”s my two cents on that.