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There is a trend in contemporary thought that holds that
religion, and in particular Christianity, is "what a man does with
his solitude." The idea is that the ideal Christian should be
someone who is completely indistinguishable from the rest of the
population; this Christianity applies only when he is alone.
From the earliest days of the church we can see that this is
From the founding of the Church at Pentecost, we have been one body.
The church has always been defined as the body of Christ; an
organized collection of saints.
Not only is this body organized, it is public. The world around the
church was quite aware of its existence — and for the first 300
years or so attempted to stamp it out as vigorously as possible.
One key characteristic of this body is that it is made with the
decision: you are either in the church or out, you are either a
Christian or you are not.
Communion reflects this. We see the same characteristics in the
Lord's Supper that we do in the church as a whole.
We take Communion together. It is not something that we go into a
dark room and take by ourselves. There is no sense to solitary
We take Communion publicly. Anyone who walked into the building
would see what was going on. Any visitor to the church would know
that this was happening.
Communion is a sign that we are in the church; we are not on the
We need to examine ourselves in this. Before you partake of
Communion today, ask yourselves some questions:
Does your lifestyle identify you as a Christian? Can the rest of the
world see from the way you act that you are indeed a member of the
Do your words show that you are a Christian? Is your speech seasoned
with salt, or is it just like the rest of the world's?
In short, does the world know that you are “in?” And do