Volume > Issue > A Baptist Meets a Mutant Mass

A Baptist Meets a Mutant Mass

GUEST COLUMN

By Jeremy Lott | February 2001
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, I’m 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 didn’t know what Lent was. I replied, “What’s 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 it’s down the pipe in unison, except for impatient children who’ve 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 couldn’t 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.”

Enjoyed reading this?

READ MORE! REGISTER TODAY

SUBSCRIBE

You May Also Enjoy

"On This Rock I Will Build My Celebration Center"

The highway signboard informs passing motorists that “It’s Not Religion… It’s a Relationship.” The “It,”…

Emotionalism or Ritualism - Or the Best of Both?

The liturgy does not try to create or evoke emotions but expects them to grow from our recognizing and feeling the truths the ritual expresses.

The Liturgy as Catechism

Our major training in the Faith still comes principally from what we see and hear at church on Sunday.