I do not believe that I am overstating things when I say that the Lord's Supper is not taken very seriously in many churches today. Most Christians have only the vaguest understanding of what they are doing and why when they partake of the bread and wine (or, more likely, the mini-crackers and grape juice). Even among those who think they have some grasp of the meaning of the Supper, there are many who view it as a tedious burden or boring ritual, indicating that they too have no real understanding of it. Ignorance and apathy are the two adjectives that describe the contemporary church's view of the Lord's Supper.
Keith Mathison is associate editor of Tabletalk and author of The Shape of Sola Scriptura (Canon Press, 2001).
Issue: "A Feast in a Fast-Food World" July/August 2009 Vol. 18 No. 4 Page number(s): 40-41
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