The family unit is in tatters. Relationships are scarred by generations of multiple divorces & remarriages. The homes of our nation are fatherless; while an overweening, maternal State coddles citizens like they were helpless babies instead of free men. Our churches have pulpits which are filled with women of both sexes. The educational halls of our nation are full of godless men and women intent on passing on their hatred for God to the next generation. What should we do in response?
We should hold this bread & wine high, as a beacon of hope for the world. This is a family meal. For all those who are in Christ, we commune with Christ and each other in this meal. Across all the world, across all faithful denominations, across all generations, the saints share â€œmystic sweet communion.â€
This meal bids loneliness, â€œbegone.â€ This meal restores the true bonds of familial & national loyalty, because this meal is the strongest of bonds. Here the redeeming grace of God unites us to the eternal love which the Father, Son, and Spirit share. In Christ, the saint has houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands in abundance, because by the Spiritâ€™s power youâ€™ve been made a true son or daughter of the same Heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus.
Worldly men try to tie themselves together, while floating in the sea of their wickedness, using the frayed tethers of coalitions, clubs, unions, and bureaucracies. Try as they might, man outside of Christ only drifts further into the isolation of his sin & sorrow.
But in Christ, weâ€™re brought nigh, welcomed together, united as one. We have one Head, and thus we form one body. This is the hope we hold forth to a lonely, fractured, family-less generation: come to the Father, through Jesus the Son.
So come in faith and welcome to Jesus Christâ€¦