- First, I question your assertion that bread is not a common commodity. The same goes for wine. In most cities you can't throw a stone without hitting a liquor store. I digress.
- The sacrament of the Lord's Supper (or the Eucharist or "the Lord's Table") is truly sacred. The Corinthian believers learned to their detriment that it is not to be celebrated or enacted without careful and reverent intention. Some of them were disciplined by God through illness and even death for treating the Lord's Supper as if it were an "all you can eat restaurant" with an open bar! (See 1 Corinthians 11:21,22.)
- That is why Paul said to the Corinthian church
- >"Let everyone examine himself [or herself] before participating" (11:28).
- Do the elements we use really make a difference? Of course not. The attitude in which a believer participates in the remembrance of the death of his or her Lord is of primary importance. God does not look on the outward appearance of things, but He does look at our inner heart attitudes.
- If, for example, I were on an extended camping trip with friends, and on Sunday we thought it appropriate to celebrate the Lord's Supper together, God couldn't care less if the elements we passed to one another consisted of a piece of trail mix and a sip of water. Again, the heart attitude of the campers should be the focal point, not the elements, which are but symbols of our Lord's body and blood (at least from the Protestant school of thought).
- The same logic would apply to a local fellowship in the majority world which consisted of a people-group who did not eat bread because bread was not part of their diet, but baked or fried manioc root was. Common sense tells us they should use the manioc root as the element representing Christ's body, and then whatever liquid that was handy and potable.
- We preserve, I feel, the sacredness and hallowed nature of the Lord's Supper when we do things "properly and in an orderly manner" (see 1 Cor 14:40) by passing the elements with the same seriousness Jesus passed the bread and the cups of wine in His celebration of His last Passover meal (the *seder*) with his disciples on the evening He was betrayed by Judas and subsequently crucified (Lk 22:14-23; Mk 14:22-26; Mat 26:26-30).
- As I've said, when we as a community of believers gather to remember the Lord, the elements are not as important as our heart attitudes. First century believers who met together in both the temple and in homes from day to day may have celebrated the Lord's Supper weekly or even more often (see Acts 2:46). Some churches (e.g., the Episcopal Church, the Roman Catholic Church) observe it weekly.
- My church happens to do it monthly, and occasionally more often. If other churches choose to do it less frequently than monthly, that is up to them or to the hierarchy of their particular denomination.
- Quantity is not the issue; quality is. What is primary in importance is the biblical mandate that each believer who participates in the Lord's Supper--however, whenever, and wherever it may be enacted, does so reverently. "Keeping short accounts with God," as someone has put it, is always a good idea. That is why believers, before they come together at the Lord's Supper, should engage in careful examination, or spiritual inventory, confessing and forsaking their sins (see Proverbs 28:13). That is why Paul cautioned the Corinthians believers,
- >"Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord" (1 Cor 11:27)
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