Ahh... But if... That is exactly the point. Much of our practice at worship is like it is not really true but merely a sign and symbol of an absent reality. I do not fault the person because I know that part of the problem is the generation and the lack of real catechesis on the Eucharist and the Real Presence. But it was amazing to see the transformation in the face of the person as they began to unfold in their mind "if is really true, then..."
- "If it is really the body and blood of Christ, why do some Lutherans NOT have the Sacrament weekly?"
- "If it is really the body and blood of Christ, how can we come and go from the rail as if nothing had happened there?"
- "If it is really the body and blood of Christ, why don't we treat the elements with more respect and act more seriously about communing?"
- "If it is really the body and blood of Christ, why would you NOT commune every time it is offered?"
But if... I only wish we took all of the faith seriously. Either it is true and all of it or none of it and it is not worth believing. That is the whole point. We cannot piecemeal away the truth or pick and choose the things of God and His revelation as if they were options, we come on bended knee confessing, praying, hearing, responding, adoring, receiving, and departing with nothing less than God in our midst, speaking through the voice of the Pastor, and feeding us the heavenly meal that prefigures what is to come even as it bestows the promised gifts of Calvary.
How might we Lutherans be different if we believed and acted as if it were really true... which it is.