Friday, July 31, 2015

A Voice from the Past - Lewis

The very word membership is of Christian origin, but it has been taken over by the world and emptied of all meaning. In any book on logic you may see the expression "members of a class." It must be most emphatically stated that the items or particulars included in a homogeneous class are almost the reverse of what St Paul meant by members. By members he meant what we should call organs, things essentially different from, and  complementary to, one another, things differing not only in structure and function but also in dignity.

C. S. Lewis, 1898-1963, Membership, The Weight of Glory (Harper Collins, 1980, pp. 163-164)

How can we introduce this idea of membership into the modern church? What would the result look like?


  1. Love what Lewis wrote Mike. No clue how to influence anyone to accept the idea that does not already accept it.

    1. In a church context I would start with 1 Corinthians 12. In a more secular context I would start from the uniqueness of each individual. But it can be an uphill battle.

    2. Might work if people would listen.