Having just come through the holidays, my body is feeling sluggish from too many sweets and not enough exercise. I find myself looking forward to a return to normal eating and lifestyle. My body requires a healthy way to live.
It is the same in the life of the church. If we live with an excess of whipped cream, our health suffers over time.
The holidays are also times of hospitality, but usually to our favored friends and family. We spend extra time with them, usually with good intentions and gift-giving.
But could we sustain the holiday lifestyle year-round and remain healthy?
In Corinth, Paul was concerned with members of the church who lived with an abundance of food and likely sat with their family and a few favored friends. Every gathering on the Lord’s Day was treated like a holiday, not a holy day.
The Corinthian partiers were humiliating to others without knowing it. That is how self-focused they were. Instead of the meal being a model of the Lord’s table, it reminded Paul of a private club.
When we come together as a church and when we consider our social life, let’s make sure we are not humiliating others by exclusion. Let’s not smear the Lord’s name by turning a blind eye to the people God wants to share at our table.
Paul was writing a letter and not leading a service. He continued with a reference to the Lord’s Passover with His disciples. In it is the model of what our table of love should be.
Let us approach our lives together with more emphasis on inclusion and hospitality; less on what we are going to stuff ourselves with.
We could get by with less turkey and more hospitality. Fewer guest lists and more open homes.