For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”1 Corinthians 11:23-25 (NIV)
I am not Catholic. Nor am I a particular fan of the politician in question. But the news that a prominent American politician has been told by her church leadership that she will not be allowed to participate in Communion in her church until she changes her political views breaks my heart.
I believe that salvation and membership in God’s Eternal Kingdom is determined by God, not by humans. Perhaps that’s what makes me a Protestant. I honestly don’t know enough about that theology to be talking about it. I will try to educate myself further on this topic.
But the thought of a member of God’s Eternal Kingdom being told they may not participate in Communion hurts me with a deep spiritual pain.
My church’s publicly professed position on Communion is this:
Anyone who has placed their faith in Christ alone for salvation is welcome to participate in communion, regardless of your church affiliation. As we participate, may we remember that true life is only found in Jesus.
No politician, or anyone else for that matter, has ever been asked how they voted before sharing the Lord’s Supper in my church. If you have placed your faith in Christ alone for salvation, come take Communion with us.