Grafted? Into What?

I came across this quote attributed to “Chuck Cohen in Roots of Our Faith

“Much of the church has acted, and still acts, as though it has been grafted into a Christmas Tree – flashing its attractive lights and decorations, but unconcerned about its loss of roots and wondering why it is spiritually drying up and dying.”

Does that give a better image of the church than what Paul wrote?

…you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.


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  1. I think it (the first description) is a “better” image of the church in the sense of being more fitting and accurate historically as well as being descriptive of the current situation. In terms of the current situation, you get the flash and glitter of hard-line political hubris and of claiming “signs” and trying to seem to burn brightly. Historically, though, it’s still most accurate as compared to what Paul said because he wasn’t talking about the church — in that it would make more sense to apply the word church to the boasting than to the tree or root. If we say people are grafted into or broken off from the church here, we say the goal is to be part of a usurpation.

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