When you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, for as you eat, each of you goes ahead without waiting for anyone else. One remains hungry, another gets drunk. Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you for that? Certainly not! (1 Corinthians 11:20-22).
Again, they miss the point.
The early church celebrated Communion to honor the Lord. This was in the context of a love feast–essentially a church potluck. Everybody brought food, everybody shared, people enjoyed close fellowship. God was honored and his people were blessed.
Except sin and pride and gluttony and cliquiosity got in the way.
People got in their little groups, and the cool kids ignored the dweebs. The richies brought all kinds of wonderful food–and ate it themselves. The poor kids ate PBJs, or went hungry.
It was middle-school lunchtime at its worst.
Beloved, before we trash the Corinthians for their amazing lack of spirituality, let’s look in the mirror. What is church like for you? Is it a love feast, where all are welcome and boundaries are erased and all are equal and everyone ministers to everyone?
Or is it a middle school cafeteria?
Maybe it’s time to switch tables, Beloved.