Covid-19 has transformed many things, some temporary and some permanent. For now, many congregations have changed how they distribute the Lord’s Supper. Traditionally, most congregations of the churches of Christ served the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine to each person in the pew. Passing the plates/trays was commonplace among us. Depending on the size of the congregation, a number of men would be needed to serve each first day of the week.
Now we are using pre-filled communion cups with the wafer and grape juice individually wrapped. With the Coronavirus, and the change in the way we serve, those men are no longer needed in that role. For some, this was the only avenue of service they were willing or able to fill in a public worship service.
What do they do now?
There are many avenues of service in each congregation and throughout our daily lives (Romans 12:11).
One question we all need to keep before us:
How much am I willing to serve? What can I do in the service of Christ and His Church?
We have allowed our current culture to cripple and politicize the content and even the style, in some cases of our preaching. We have succumbed to our societies’ weak, watered down, politically correct, non-offensive approach to how we preach. In this vein, it is not uncommon to hear a preacher apologize for what he has just read or preached out of the scripture itself.
Why would a preacher apologize for the text of the Bible he was reading or quoting? Why is there so much apologizing in classes and sermons?
Apologies are being given for direct commands from God.
Is one who is making apologies for the Word of God he is preaching implying that he does not agree with what he is quoting?
Could it be that the cancel culture that is permeating our society partly to blame for men who fail to take responsibility for what they are preaching? For a long time sin has been masked; hiding behind words that are less offensive and more accepted among people in sin.
Should we hide behind Jesus or Paul, and “lay the blame at their feet,” so to speak? The Apostle Paul was not ashamed of the words of God as he told Timothy to follow the same path:
Our Lord Jesus Christ, who was a preacher Himself, said:
Every gospel preacher should be striving to please God by speaking in love “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) without apology.
Our work is to please God, not man.