November 16, 2017

Body of Christ as Rube Goldberg Machine

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about how the Christian community functions as a body, a human body. The implication is that, in Christ, we are all connected to each other. Our work impacts each other and every part is necessary even the seemingly inconsequential. Today, the entire staff of the Diocese of Texas gathered for an all day vision casting retreat, a chance to look at what we've accomplished and where we're headed. This morning, Bishop Dena Harrison tied this imagery together with the Rube Goldberg machine. If you aren't familiar with them, these machines, on appearance seem nonsensical and haphazard. Yet, this odd assortment of bits and pieces, when strung together accomplish something surprisingly fantastic.

Indeed, the Church is quite like this. As much as we would like to do things well and present something nice and shiny for the world, at the end of the day we are most often a clumsy, motley group of Jesus followers as surprised by the miraculous outcomes we get to participate in as those observing this around us. And it's only when each ridiculous and laughable part comes together with its counterparts that something works as intended. That may just be the grace in all of it.

I love this image and am so grateful to Bp. Harrison for sharing it.

If you're not familiar with Rube Goldberg machines, my favorite example is the one in the OK Go video above. Enjoy.

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