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The Potent Table

Posted by Remy on May 8, 2009

We implicitly believe that our table is more powerful than the Lord’s table.

We might not say that, but when we draw a circle within the body of Christ, marking out exclusive believers who are allowed to eat the Eucharist, yet still allow fellowship to our own tables we in effect are saying, “my table is able to draw us together, to bridge our divisions, when the Lord’s table cannot.”

We know that as a body of believers to disallow fellowship at social gatherings would be to treat them as enemies. We can’t have that. The only way to bring people into the true body, into the hardcore Christians, is to win them with our tables, before bringing them to God’s. God’s table isn’t equipped to win anybody, we have to achieve unity through our tables.

God’s table is the reward for the Worthy Christians.

One Response to “The Potent Table”

  1. I think you have a point, but on at least one score it comes up short.

    I could invite an atheist or Mormon to my table, in hopes of promoting unity with them. Of course the “unity” is evangelistic, but if I refuse to eat with Mormons and atheists, I am making them my enemy. So it seems to me that you are either left with saying we should treat all unbelievers as enemies–that we shouldn’t eat with sinners or be friends with nonChristians, or be hospitable to homeless people etc.; or on the other hand the conclusion of your argument is that we shouldn’t practice open communion like in the CREC where any repentant baptized Christian may receive, but rather like in the ECUSA where anyone regardless of creed or baptism may commune.

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