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Requirements for Communion?

I read an article on Beliefnet.com about Communion in the Protestant Church entitled Have Protestants Turned Communion into ‘Cheap Grace?’

The author, G. Jeffrey MacDonald, writes to make the case that by offering to Communion to just about anyone, Protestant Churches, especially mainline ones but Evangelical ones also, are depriving people of the rigors of proving they are repentant so their character can grow.

Three of the four comments following the article disagree with the author. I would concur with their position.

We are invited to Communion by Jesus in the Gospels. Mr. MacDonald points to Paul talking about Communion in 1 Corinthians, but he was admonishing that church to change its ways because they were not really communing. People brought food for the meal, but it was not shared. Some ate plentifully while others looked on in hunger. They didn’t need to repent to eat together, he was calling them to actually EAT TOGETHER! to share and commune with the whole body of Christ, not just the ones who could afford to provide a whole meal for themselves.

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Freedom of Religion with an Eagle Feather

I was reading on the American Humanist Association Blog, Rant & Reason and this article caught my attention:  Free Association on Religious Rights

The author was commenting on a story in the LA Times about a court case of a Native American killing an Eagle for use in a sacred ceremony.

The blogger Eagle Feathersseemed to be looking at both sides of the implications of using the birds for religious purpose and kept the argument general, not specific to the case. I read the LA Times article. The case will be settled by plea bargain because the initial dismissal was overturned by the appellate court and was rejected by the Supreme Court so it’s either plea or trial and a trial would be costly and drag on with absolutely no way to predict the outcome.

The post only had a few comments. One was a link to a UTube video with a strange pun preceding it. I didn’t watch it. It seemed to be a self-serving link, but I’m not sure. The other 2 comments made comments about the acquisition of Eagles for use by Native Americans.

One was a bit snide–if they want to hunt the birds as they did before the Europeans arrived, let them hunt them without rifles. While the idea of hunting with traditional weapons appeals to me in an aesthetic sense, I don’t think that’s how it was intended.

The other was a bit ignorant–use a substitute until the Eagles don’t need to be protected. )As if it is their fault the Eagles are endangered and if they will have to find a substitute anyway after they kill them all.) Like that’s not what so many people do already! dummy! What if you were a Christian and the gov’t said all communion needed to be served with apple juice because grapes are endangered? Personally, I see no problem with using apple juice. But the government shouldn’t force us to use it!

So I HAD to reply! and I wanted to share it with my readers. Here’s my comment. It’s a bit long, but I the subject motivated me on so many levels. I’ve copied it and reproduced it here (with minor grammatical corrections–I would have done in the original if I could have.)

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Our government has such a shameful record of making sure animals are treated humanely when raised in captivity that any thought of adding to the list of animals farmed should be forever banished from anyone’s list of options.

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