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Communion Meditations (2012)

A Modest Hero

Originally scheduled for April 15

The woman is one of my heroes. It happened this way.

Our new manager, an ardent feminist and liberal, was interviewing each of the employees. She came to a lady named Laurian.  The discussion went pleasantly until she asked how many children Laurian had.  The answer was four; this produced an explosion. Our new manager was outraged that anyone would have for children and thus waste the resources of the planet. With the rest of us in shock she proceeded to lecture the entire group on what a horror this was, and then stalked off in righteous indignation. If a Christian had done something like this, it would have been called Judgmentalism.

She stalked off without learning a crucial and important fact. There were four children; two of them were adopted from Laurian’s sister — who was serving a very long prison sentence for drug dealing.  Laurian rescued them from the foster care system, at considerable effort and expense.

Perhaps it is a coincidence that Laurian is a Christian. Perhaps. The truth is that the world judges the Christian constantly. The judgment is made on the world's terms, not those of Christ. And as in this instance, it is often done without complete knowledge of the facts. It is also often accompanied by a burning hatred. If you have not experienced that hatred, you are among the rarely fortunate.

It is tempting to think that the world's judgment, fallible as it is, is but a pale reflection of what God will do to us for our sins. But that is not the method the Almighty has selected. What he has done is similar to what Laurian did: he has adopted us. The Scripture tells us that we are joint heirs with Jesus, we are  the adopted children of God the Father. He has chosen — at great cost — to give us grace, not judgment. As a father has mercy on his children, so the Lord has mercy on those who fear him.

In granting us that mercy he has asked us to remember the price: the Cross. Communion is the act of remembering the Cross. In this memorial he asks us to examine ourselves. In so doing we make his judgment unnecessary by accepting his loving discipline. So I encourage you: examine yourselves. Take stock of who you are and what you have done. If you find something there which is not pleasing to your Lord, ask forgiveness — and seek his aid in repentance.

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