Today there more disgruntled church attenders than than postal workers. I know, poor attempt at humor, forgive me; and I am thankful for our postal carrier. Nevertheless, many people who attend church who do not realize that they are dangerously negative about their church.
It seems that we have a tendency to focus on the negatives of the local Body that we belong to. Here are some things that we should all consider when we take communion which were inspired by Gordon Fee and his commentary on 1 Corinthians:
- We portray disunity when we are negative about church; communion proclaims unity.
- God has placed everyone one of us in a local Body for a purpose; each one of us partakes from one Loaf. We are one. We have the mission of Christ.
- If you are part of a struggling church, or a church that may have lost its sense of direction, then there is still hope for that church even if when we think there is none. Finger pointing causes us to take communion in an unworthy manner.
- When we take communion, if we are secretly frustrated with the leadership or the people in the church, then we are taking communion in an unworthy manner.
- If there is an “us” and “them” attitude, then this is a division in the Body of Christ. Christ is not divided and His Church should not be either.
- If we have been negative about our church while mingling in the community, then we have shamed Jesus Christ. And we have shown that when we take communion that it is a lie. Because we are divided.
- To be a part of the “Invisible Church” we must love God with all of hearts. We must also love others. This is the grace and forgiveness that we are celebrating and remembering when we take communion.
- When loving others, we must understand that this includes not only our neighbors and lost ones, but also our Christian brothers and sisters too. The question that we must ask is, “Have we treated these people as Christ expects us to?”
- Finally, for those of us who have struggled whether or not to take communion because we did not think that we have behaved well enough: Take it! You cannot judge yourself rightly. If you judge yourself to be worthy, then you are not. Examine yourself so that you may become humble, then take communion. Besides, nobody is worthy to take communion. Jesus died so that all could come to His Table! Take it!
Let us be united in each local church so that we can take part in the Lord’s Supper and the world can know that proclaim the death and Resurrection of Christ until He returns. Amen!