We know that the institutional church in all of its manifestations is
“a city set upon a hill that cannot be hid,” and so anyone passing by can look at it in the glory or in the humiliation of its past and present condition.
It takes as much faith to believe that what we are seeing as the Church is the Body of Christ as it does to look upon the man Jesus of Nazareth and believe that He is God, the Almighty. Yet He is, and so where does it leave us with regard to the Church?
Mocked, derided, stripped, scarred, gashed, sundered and pierced, the Body of Christ suffers with Jesus throughout all ages till the end of time and His return. Where we stand, what our response must be to His question, “And who do you say that I am?” will also show us where we stand with regard to the Church.
Though we see her faults, we also see and participate in her faith, and if we wait for Him at all, we must wait with her, His Bride.