Thoughts From Toby

The Church is a Salad

In a culture that is so divided about any number of ideologies, I believe that one of the highest calls for the Church - both universal and local - is to exude unity. Unity, however, does not mean uniformity. Rather, unity in the church is best exemplified when we all come together with our differences to love and serve God and one another.

In his book, A Fellowship of Differents, New Testament scholar Scot McKnight compares the church to a salad. McKnight states that there are three ways to eat a salad… One is to combine all the ingredients in a bowl and smother them with dressing. This way makes everything taste like Ranch (or whatever your preferred dressing is). Another way is to separate all the ingredients on a plate and eat them individually (I guess some people eat salad this way?). The third way, what McKnight refers to as the “right way,” is to chop and slice all your ingredients, mix them together, and then drizzle a little bit of olive oil over it, which somehow brings the taste of each item to its fullest. This way brings out the flavor of all the ingredients, which all make up one delicious salad. “Surely,” says McKnight, “this is what God intended when he created ‘mixed salad.’’’

I believe the church is at her best when we all contribute to the conversation. When we all recognize that we have something to bring to the table. This is when the difficult task of unity comes to the forefront, and we are able to be the sort of example we are called to be to the world. “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ… Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 27).

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