I visited my mom on mother's day. (like any good son should do) and as usual we discussed (complained) about our jobs. We are both long term employees of the same company, just different locations, so we tend to know who we are talking about. The only other topic my mother ever brings up is her other occupation. CHURCH. Mom has been a church organist/choir director since she was 18 or so. I have long forsaken my churchy beliefs for numerous reasons. This blog will be about one of those reasons.
Being a choir director for so long and being a long standing member of the A.G.O. (American Guild of Organists), she is privileged to attend many types of churchy functions. She told of one such event that included Catholics, Methodists, and some other that I can not recall. It was one of the Holy Holidays, so communion was served. However they had to have 3 different communions during the service to accommodate all 3 different congregations.
Now as a former Christian who simultaneously confirmed in 2 churches. (Methodist & Baptist, my parents went to different churches and I didn't have a choice in the matter) I fully understand the multitude of minuscule differences between different faiths, and I can respect everyone's choice to choose what they want to follow. BUT REALLY??? 3 different communions for the SAME JESUS?? What is the issue?? Why do Christians have to stroke their separate ego's in front of the SAME GOD? One of my mothers deacon friends intentionally took communion with a different congregation. His fellow constituents actually had scoffed him for taking communion with "THEM" Apparently he was told that God would not "recognize his communion" because he took it with "Christians of a slightly different persuasion."
Allow me to repeat that last statement.
The Deacon was told that: "God will not recognize your communion, if you take it with them."
REALLY???? I looked at my mother and told her that, THAT was the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Why would "GOD ALMIGHTY" look down on his followers for sharing the Holy Sacraments with other followers that had a slightly different outlook on Jesus??? Wouldn't God be happy to see his followers joining together in celebration?? Or is he sitting on his Heavenly Throne shaking his head in disgust over the "petty trivialities" that his followers are squabbling over?
WWJD? For Real? What would he have done or said if he walked in the door to see the charade in progress?
How can Christians hope to bring non believers to the faith, when they are still so petty with each other?