…Him who is the head, even Christ… Ephesians 4:15b
I saw her. Immense, seeming to float on her warship now poised over the landing of the Louvre’s Daru staircase. The pinnacle of Hellenistic sculpture; a classic replicated in museums and public spaces all over the globe.
Did Paul see her in her original home, on his Acts 16:11 stop? Had he contemplated the Sanctuary of the Great Gods where she stood? Had he spoken to those worshiping idols of stone, guarded by this angel of stone?
In seeing her, you’ll not forget one detail: The Winged Victory of Samothrace is missing her head.
In our unity as the Body, we are to function as the Lord directs. Cornerstone has our identity in Christ alone. It is imperative—call it nonnegotiable—that we follow no other. We seek Him in prayer, the Word, and the leading of His Spirit. We do so corporately—one Body with one Head.
The church in every age experiences pressure to leave off Christ’s headship. Other “heads” beckon with their body agenda: pursue “acceptable” alliances, adopt more “reasonable” ideas, accept syncretic practices, embrace trendy priorities, worship market-driven methods and formulas.
Among Christians adrift, Christ is relegated to the headless relic of the church’s past. The body falls in step with a dominant head now directing. Things get done. Man is celebrated. Christ is denigrated. When the head changes, a new route is chosen; the body falls in step again.
Those abandoning Christ do so to terrible judgment one day. We will all stand before Him who is
…head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. Colossians 1:18
For Cornerstone, our Head remains. We remain resolved to follow only Him.