The Monotony of Homogeneity
“Well, let’s go on disagreeing, but don’t let us judge. What doesn’t suit us may suit possible converts of a different type. My model here is the behaviour of the congregation at a ______ service, where some sit, some lie on their faces, some stand, some kneel, some walk about, and no one takes the slightest notice of what anyone else is doing. That is good sense, good manners and good Christianity. “Mind one’s own business” is a good rule in religion as in other things.” ~ C.S. Lewis
I love this! Imagine living a life where you’re so at ease with yourself that it’s OK if some sit, some lie on their faces, some stand, some kneel, some walk about.
Can you imagine being so comfortable in your skin that you can worship or work or eat or choose the style of hair or clothes that suits you, and not take the slightest notice of what anyone else is doing?
I guess there are folks like that. We generally call them different.
Did a church or a denomination come to mind when you read Lewis’ quote? Charismatic? Pentecostal? We search for comfortable labels to help us categorize experiences. His original wording was: My model here is the behaviour of the congregation at a Russian Orthodox service… Russian Orthodox, much more High Church than Holy Roller.
Why are we are so insistent on the monotony of homogeneity? We’re replete with behavioral dictums which are often nothing more than our collateral opinions, clothed in the guise of absolute truth.
The real truth is we just prefer folks who are like us. It’s human nature, I suppose. It isn’t God’s nature. He doesn’t seem to be interested in conformity. Instead, God says we are each individually, fearfully and wonderfully made.
As we grow in grace, I think we’ll be less and less alike and more and more appreciative of our differences. It’s just plain good sense, good manners and good Christianity.