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veryone seems to "know" what Christianity is, but few can agree about how to live it. It's easy if you follow the original model, Jesus; it's easy to get off base if you take your focus off of Him. Much of what people think is Christianity is really religion. There is a difference. If you are not sure what the differences are, I suggest you read my article True Verses False Christianity, and then return to these pages to learn how to live a healthy and productive Christian Life.
esus instituted Communion or the Lord's Supper on the night he was betrayed. Celebrating the Passover meal, He and His disciples remembered the deliverance of Israel, through the shed blood of a lamb, from slavery. Jesus gave new meaning to the meal, proclaiming a New Covenant or Contract whereby He would be the Lamb of God whose shed Blood would bring liberty from the bonds of slavery to sin. Jesus declared the bread His Body, the cup of wine His Blood, broken, poured out and shed for you. As often as you eat and drink of this meal you remember Jesus death until He returns.
The Communion meal is a time to reflect on where you, a Gay Christian, are in growth and relationship with God, to remember Christ's Love. It is a good opportunity to search your heart for things yet unresolved, actions or attitudes in need of God's gentle touch of correction. If God reveals such, confess them, receive God's grace and God's meal with joy.
Celebrate Communion alone, with family, friends, church or fellowship of believers. Do not deny yourself because of stubbornness, sin, or because you think or feel unworthy. The Table belongs to God and Jesus' invitation is open to all. Come. Matt. 26:26-29; Luke 22:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-32.
Another similar sacrament is the "washing of feet." On the same night Jesus celebrated Communion with His disciples and friends, Jesus also washed their feet.
sacrament is a religious term for a "public act or action that is symbolic of an inner or inward event." In most churches and denominations sacraments include baptism and communion. Other churches and denominations include the sacraments of confirmation (coming of age), marriage/partnerships, last rites (at death), etc. One of the sacraments common to most churches and denominations, yet remains one of the least used, is the sacrament of foot washing.
To be water baptized, for example, is a public symbolic act of putting to death your old self, and being reborn in Christ, washing away sin and beginning anew. This act imprints on the person, can be a faithful dividing line between who we once were and who we now are in Christ. Communion reminds us, through the bread and the wine, of Christ's sacrifice for us, and gives us an opportunity of reflection on the status of our current spiritual walk with Christ. Washing feet is a public symbolic act of identifying with one another, and of our place and interdependence on each other.
On the same night Jesus was betrayed and had supper (Communion), he also washed the feet of his followers. He removed his outer garments, and wiped dry their feet with the clothing he wore. Peter, one of his disciples, couldn't handle this act. Peter said it should be he who washes Christ's feet, not the other way around. Christ told him if he didn't let him wash then Peter could be of no part of Christ. Peter replied, telling Jesus to then wash not only his feet, but also his head and hands. Jesus replied to this zeal by declaring the feet was enough. John 13:3-16.
Like with Peter, having your feet washed by someone else is a very humbling and intimidating experience. I sometimes think it is much more difficult to be on the receiving end of this sacrament than on the giving. I've never seen people squirm so much like small children than when sitting in front of you about to have their feet washed.
Washing feet places the washer and the washee on the same plain, the same level, one is not higher than the other. It recognizes that though we all have different gifts, callings, positions, etc. in life and within the Body of Christ, such things do not make one higher or better than anyone else, nor are they given to be used against another person or group. The leader becomes the servant, and the servant becomes the fellow brother or sister to the leader. The Christian is equal in inherent worth and value to all other Christians, and both are interdependent on each other. All parties become, through the sacrament, Christ-like and Love in action.
Perhaps there is no greater physical act, sacrament, of God's Love than through the act of washing feet. Perhaps, because of the overwhelming nature of God's Love, and its presence in this act of sacrament, washing feet is so rare. It lays us open and bare, transparent to each other, it tears down barriers, walls, divisions, and differences. It forces the washer and the washee to recognize Christ, through this act, in each other; it forces both to accept, embrace, forgive, support, and Love.
So, whenever there are disagreements, wash feet; where ever there are people fighting for power or trying to divide and conquer, wash feet; whenever there is a disagreement of what is righteousness or sin, wash feet; whenever there is confusion or questioning of policy and doctrine, wash feet; where ever there are those who try to put you under the law and not under grace, wash feet. Whenever you are confronted with someone who loves and accepts you not, wash feet. Whenever you become aware of someone who has something against you, wash feet. Whenever you feel there is a lack of love, wash feet.
To fully know and practice God's Love, you must not only be willing, but actually wash the feet of your enemies, not just your friends. Lastly, be not only willing to wash the feet of others, but be willing to wash your own feet. In applying this sacrament to your life, you put on public display the witness of Christ and His Love dwelling in you.
If you cannot physically wash someone's feet, then you are required to do so in your heart, in your spirit. Loving them in this way helps not only your relationship with them, but your relationship with yourself, too.
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