Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
I love this quote from one of my favorite theological authors, Ben Witherington III.
“The Lord’s Supper was originally used as a destratifying tool by Paul. He wanted less hierarchy and pecking order, and more equality amongst the participants. One wonders indeed how happy he would be that in so many Christian contexts today the meal is controlled by clerics who not only control and perform the ritual, but usually serve themselves first and others later, ignoring the complaint of Paul about the well-to-do and the poor in Corinth! Protestants like to say we all stand on level ground at the cross, for we are all equal at the foot of the cross. I would add we are all supposed to be equal when we kneel or sit at the Lord’s Table as well. The leveling effect of the Meal needs to come more into play in some quarters these days.” Ben Witherington III in Making a Meal of It
The context of this quote is regarding The Lord’s Supper (communion), but I would like to apply it to our overall fellowship and community-building. I think it’s important for us to remember one another, prefer one another, love one another, and give to one another. This is how Jesus lived. This is what the Bible promotes. And this is how Christians should function! Less hierarchy and pecking orders. More equality. More love. More serving.
Can we do this together? Can we continue to have our hearts and actions refined into the image of Jesus? I love how West Salem Foursquare is a church that endeavors to look like this!! Let’s keep doing it!