To eat the wafer or not to eat it … did the Prime Minister eat it or did he pocket it? Why is this such a burning question for so many who never once have otherwise felt the need to give communion a second thought? Why such a brouhaha over what so many would normally not even bother to include in their own life? What is the real question(s) that should be asked and answered in all this?
Dr. Ed Kettner has written a thoughtful and well informed response to the whole confused controversy. Here is just a small excerpt:
The awkwardness of the situation serves to demonstrate why the church has always taught that not everyone present at a service should come forward to receive the Sacrament, but only those who have been properly taught and understand what they are receiving. This is what the church has taught from apostolic times to the present.
These days feelings seem the paramount reason for doing anything. We are reluctant to “offend” people by perhaps suggesting they should not come forward to receive the Sacrament. Yet, the first and foremost question that needs asking is: What does the Word of God, the Bible, say about receiving the Lord’s Supper?”
Do your self a favour and read the whole thing here. You won’t be disappointed.