Stammering and stumbling through a lesson that rendered me feeling much like a student taking finals who has squandered his study time for the benefit of an Angry Bird all-nighter (you’d have to have read around here awhile to get that one), my growing impression was that I should have left this one in the “for my eyes only” file.
The challenge set forth (self-induced of course) was to defend my denomination’s take on the Lord’s Supper (that should give some clue as to my denomination). Honestly though, my study into the archives of church history’s observation of this ordinance has left me with many more questions than answers. But is that necessarily a bad thing?
At this stage, I have a couple of conclusions that I believe are factual. First, it appears obvious that there has always been a contention within the body as to the elements of the Lord’s Supper (even in the first centuries… check it out). To drive personal stances home, it appears we disguise our disagreements with uncommon lingo like transubstantiation, consubstantiation, real presence, and the memorial approach presented by Zwingli. It’s like… whoever can come up with the most difficult term to define is maybe the winner?
Maybe more importantly though is the intense observance of this sacrament/ ordinance prior to the most recent century of church history. These people were serious about this feast! It was once said of the division between Luther and Zwingli over the elements, “We weep because of the controversies surrounding the Lord’s Supper.” How much more sorrowful is the indifference to its meaning and importance we see in the church today?
Why should being in service when the Lord’s Supper is prepared preempt stuff such as football games, fishing trips, or maybe just sheer apathy? Is it enough that Jesus told us to?
- Who was Huldrych Zwingli? (broeder10.wordpress.com)
- What does this mean… to be Lutheran? (nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com)
- Bread of Life – August 12, 2012 – John 6: 35, 41 – 51 (prissiesissie.wordpress.com)
- Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 42 (garyware.me)
- Eucharist: General Understanding of the Catholic Church (catholicmysticwind.wordpress.com)