We live in a highly atomized culture. The center of gravity skews heavily towards autonomy. â€œWhat do I want out of life? What are my preferred pronouns? Follow your heart.â€ And so on. Weâ€™ve even reached the point where you can fiddle with what your offspring will look like, which is nothing short of demented vanity.
The cure for this individualism, however, isnâ€™t to run haphazardly into communalism. Resorting to a sort of tribalistic â€œit takes a villageâ€ mentality wonâ€™t cure the ingrown individualism that ails us. We certainly could do with a stiff dose of familial & national loyalty. But even there we should be wary. Communalism has plenty of tar pits to fall into. Just ask the Hatfields & McCoys.
No, the cure for individualism is found in the Lordâ€™s Supper. God invites us, as individuals, to partake of this meal. Yet in inviting us to this meal, God unites us to Another. Not only are we united with Christ, individually, weâ€™re bound to each other corporately.
As we take this meal, we should look around, and behold that weâ€™re bound together in mystic union with all the saints; not only those present here, but all faithful believers scattered across the world, those whoâ€™ve gone before, and those yet unborn. This sacrament raises the individual saint into the glory of a vast body, and that corporate body is joinedâ€“â€“as a bride to her groomâ€“â€“in a covenant to the Lord Jesus.
You ought not come to the table simply to â€œbetter yourself.â€ Nor should you come because thatâ€™s what your tribe â€œhas always done.â€ Come because youâ€™ve been called. Come and find true fellowship. Come and find the chief end for which you were made: to enjoy Christâ€“â€“along with His body, the Churchâ€“â€“for endless ages.
So come in faith and welcome to Jesusâ€¦