Just started reading Eric Svendsen’s Blog, “Real Clear Theology Blog”, and ran across this post asking “Where Did We Ever Get the Notion That the Lord’s Supper is a Funeral Procession?. This is just one post of 16 in his series on the Lord’s Supper. ( I like his tongue in cheek: “We do theology for you . . . So you don’t hurt yourself”)
Walk into any evangelical church when it is observing the Lord’s Supper, and what do you see? Sober mood, solemn faces; hands folded, heads bowed in silent contemplation; members engaged in self examination and somber introspection while focused on numbering and confessing their sins; wavering, hesitating, anxiety-laden hearts:
“Should I take the bread and cup or not? Have I confessed all my sins? Am I personally worthy enough to partake, or does last week’s sin disqualify me? I certainly don’t want to eat and drink judgment to myself!”
How true! And how sad. Eric then goes on to show how the early church celebrated the Lord’s Supper.
Now walk into a first-century church meeting of the Lord’s Supper, and what do you see?
“and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart” (Acts 2:46).
Read the rest of his article at: Real Clear Theology Blog