Wednesday, March 26, 2014
What part of communion do you not get?
They had two forms of a Personal Devotion Communion Set available. Basically it is a box of hermetically sealed containers with a crumb of bread or cracker and a sippy cup of grape juice all in one. It is an individual wafer and Concord grape juice set packaged with a devotional booklet so that people can use it at home, having communion just Jesus and one person. You can get it with 30 days worth of devotions and celebration cups or a 40 day supply. They begin at a very reasonable $21 bucks. You can be assured that with its patented push up and pull back tab and 12 month shelf life, this is the most hygienic product available. Of course, it is FDA approved.
So the point is this. You pop the top at home, read the devotion, and much on a piece of cracker and a few drops of Welches and you and Jesus have your special moment. Dare I call it "communion"? I don't think the word applies since nobody here believes that you are getting Jesus, just a sign and symbol of Jesus to jog your memory or your heart strings. So the communion is not in the body and blood but in the feeling and the thought. It cannot be communion since you are not with another person but doing this all by yourself (makes the part about if your brother has anything against you a bit easier to deal with).
Sadly, some liturgical Christian (poorly catechized or simply choosing to ignore what he knows) will buy this with a copy of Warren's 40 (Forty) Days of Purpose and figure they got a real winner here. Or, perhaps it will be some well meaning Pastor who thinks "why not?" and goes with it before he thinks or talks himself out of it. My point is why exchange an empty sham of a devotion for the rich liturgical and sacramental life around the Word and Table of the Lord? Really! Why? I can only think of one answer. It means I don't have to go to Church, don't have to interact with a pesky preacher and problematic people, and can satisfy my religious needs in the shallowest and most "me-centered" manner possible.
Truth is always stranger than fiction... but the tears of God must be flowing at the foolishness we do with His holy gifts... truly. . .