The Politics of Communion

The Lord’s Supper is a foundation of all our political views. Not party platforms, not voting, not supporting candidates with signs in our yards. 

All of those things are important, but they are only important as they are an outflow of this table. At this table we sit down together and declare that Jesus Christ is Lord. In this declaration we are at the same time declaring that political leaders are not Lord. The political leaders that you disagree with are not Lord, and especially the ones you love are not Lord. Jesus Christ alone is King of kings and Lord of lords. 

The political significance of this table is also found in those who are welcomed to it. As we look around this feast we notice people who will at various times vote differently than we do. The invitations to this table cross the aisles of congresses and parliaments. And that is not to say that the Bible doesn’t have commands and principles for legislation. It is to say God does not justify us according to our voting record. We are justified by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

Finally, the political significance of this table is found in what it prepares us for. This table is the precursor to the marriage feast of the Lamb on the last day. When Christ returns he will establish his throne on earth. Kings and kingdoms will be no more. This nation will be no more and God will be all in all. 

If you are to come to this table, you must come trusting in Christ as the only Lord, you must come not holding anything against your brothers or sisters in Christ, and you must come in faith, expecting the day of peace when all the earth shall know the Lord.

So, come and welcome to Jesus Christ.

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