January 27, 2012 - Third Sunday After the Epiphany
"Symbiotic Christian Life"
In nature, an interdependent and mutually beneficial relationship relationship is known as "symbiosis". One of the best-known examples is the clownfish and the anemone. The clownfish attracts prey for the anemone, and the anemone provides food for the clownfish. God has designed them to live in symbiotic relationship.
Although he uses a different metaphor to describe it, the apostle Paul says that Christians are also designed by God to live in symbiotic relationship. In chapter 12 of his first letter to the church in Corinth (you can read it here) Paul reminds the conflicted and divided congregation that each individual Christian needs the faith community and the faith community needs each individual Christian. Neither can thrive without the other.
We would do well to remember that the same holds true for contemporary Christians and today's church. Like the different parts of a human body – like the anemone and the clownfish – we need each other in order to live as well and as fully – as symbiotically – as God designed us.
Join us as we reflect on being a more "symbiotic church". See you on Sunday!