A Baptist Meets a Mutant Mass
February 2001By Jeremy Lott
Jeremy Lott is the Senior Editor of Spintech Magazine. He attends Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, where he is working toward a degree in Biblical Studies.
Being a practicing Baptist, Im about as low church as you can get. Not for Baptists are the confessional or patron saints or internecine debates over Con- vs. Transubstantiation. An Episcopalian friend reported to me some years ago that he was shocked shocked! to learn that a mutual evangelical friend didnt know what Lent was. I replied, Whats Lent?
My expression of the historic Christian faith is Christianity stripped down to its barest essentials: the Trinity, the Cross, a sincerely uttered prayer of faith and repentance. We dont have a religion, we have a relationship with Jesus, and the church is but a supplement to that relationship.
Communion is usually observed one Sunday a month and it takes on an air of a McSacrament. Using special silver-colored circular trays, deacons pass out small disposable plastic cups of grape juice and little white crackers to the people sitting in their pews. While the disbursement takes place, a pastor tells the assembled that they dont need to be members of this church to participate, but he asks non-Christians to refrain and leaves it at that. When all have been served, the preacher goes out of his way to assure us that this stands for the body and blood of Christ. The preacher says a prayer and then its down the pipe in unison, except for impatient children whove already finished off the grape juice and begun nibbling on the cracker.
A friend from college from a similar background recently recalled to me, I always asked my mom why we couldnt just replace the grape juice and crackers with Cokes and cheeseburgers. The Baptist faith has no logical answer to this question except, perhaps, Then you might enjoy it too much.
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