Two heads are NOT better than One
The church is a living, breathing organism. Modern, western Christianity has adapted well to the culture and the church resembles more of a business model than it does a body. I have a folder entitled "God's strategic plan to change the world." In it there are charts filled with goals. Advice on how to brand the church for optimum exposure to the culture. Creative activities designed to market our product in the least offensive way. Curriculum and training to help each member of the team to maximize their success in producing more for the kingdom. *Sigh*
I'm not against strategic planning, because God is orderly and does have a strategic plan. However, the picture God paints is not of cooperate America, but of a body of individuals who are dependent on one another to live, breathe, and multiply. Where every part, from the least to the greatest, has a special place and purpose.
And, of course, every body needs a head. The Apostle Paul describes Jesus, the creator of all things, as the head of the body, "And he is the head of the body, the church. Colossians 1:18."
Think about, the God of all creation, the omnipotent, omniscient, all consuming God is the head of the church. That has tremendous implications for the Church. The body isn't an unwielding blob, without direction, and it shouldn't act out of concert with the rest of the body.
As I speak with believers from around the world I am captivated by their faith stories. If they claim Christ as their head, no matter where they are, there is a continuity amidst the diversity. It is the hidden string that connects us together in the chaos. There is the security of salvation and the hope of the resurrection.
"He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. Colossians 1:18."
Jesus is the head, the beginning, the first born from the dead. The head of the body is instructing the body toward the city on the hill, the kingdom of light, and along the way he is calling others to join the adventure.
I could give you a list of things that the head does, but that is too western, analytical. I want you to feel, sense, absorb the reality that you are not in control. That you are not preeminent. That life does not revolve around you. I want you to stand in awe that you have been included and given worth because of what God has done in Christ, and that you have been placed under his headship.
Fell that, smell that, it tastes like freedom. I am glad the Jesus is our head. I'm just saying.