The Lord's Supper, starting with the first gathered believers in Acts, was no ordinary meal . . . in other words, it wasn't a supper like the Roman suppers where men gathered to show off, to show respect to those who could be leveraged to give them social status, where boys, girls, men, and women were abused for the sake of the pleasures of men (do I have to spell it out for you?) . . . no, this meal, instigated by our Lord, created something new, a new humanity, a place of welcome, love, and acceptance . . . where unequals and strangers became family, the family of God
This was and is no ordinary meal, the space where the gospel happened and was on display . . . it was at this meal where the gospel was demonstrated to be credible . . .
This is why Paul was so very serious about approaching the Lord's Supper rightly . . . so much so that to approach it lightly was to incite judgment . . . while all are welcome at the Table, don't mess with the meal for it is no ordinary meal . . .
Again . . .
Chip M. Anderson, advocate for biblical social action; pastor of an urban church plant in the Hill neighborhood of New Haven, CT; husband, father, author, former Greek & NT professor; and, 19 years involved with social action.