I was speaking with a friend this morning after prayer group about various things, including the discussions that are prevalent in our churches. He said that while the Body of Christ as a whole has the power to address a variety of weightier and condemning sins, we often default to discussing topics that generally, most people who are already Christian agree with (in opposition); namely homosexuality, gay marriage, and abortion (as some examples). Instead of choosing the low hanging fruit, he said that we could focus more on something like gluttony. The conversation we had from that point forward has been playing on my mind hence and probably will continue to do so, because of the concept of what we consume in public.
In any public sphere, we are bombarded with a bevy of choices. Our lives as an open buffet, our company can influence our habits and the amounts and quality of what we consume. Unsurprisingly, a spiritual parallel to what we take in is communion. Feeding on the body and blood of Christ cleanses of us of our sins and reminds us of the singular purpose we must take as messengers of the gospel. And yet, taking communion together as a body of believers is so important, because it reminds us that what we consume, we seldom consume in private.
You can hold specific habits or practices and think that you are alone in that knowledge, but all things get dragged into the light eventually. God’s judgment is permanent and lasting, but his forgiveness is more than we can imagine in the blood of Christ. Lately, I’ve been thinking about Christ as he who has authority, which is good, I think. If you think of Christ as a King, you quickly realize that it’s hard to realize all of what that means, since world politics are no longer run by kings and kingdoms. Thinking of a figure with so much unquestionable authority is what it means to understand the life-giving power of Christ, as the one who made a way for us.
Thinking about Christ’s authority and the immensity of the power at his disposal certainly helps me when I think of his intercession. The amount of power just waiting to be acted upon if only we ask for his help. How crazy is that? Like, he could have it wrapped up with a word if he wasn’t unraveling the promise in such a way that he would allow us to participate. Like the world’s slowest shoe-tie-er, Christ is waiting to finish his race until he can do it in the way that is true to God’s purpose, when he comes back. It’s kind of crazy to think about his absolute power over every moment. It makes you realize that your scope of authority is next to nil as we walk out our tiny lives on the earth.