When Jesus walked this earth in human form, what was the last act of good will and fellowship? It was THE LAST SUPPER. Jesus ate with His disciples and attempted to explain the drama to follow, though they understandably did not comprehend what they were hearing. I’m not quick to judge them – I’m not sure I’d “get it” either.
What have Christian churches considered tradition since the beginning of Christianity? It’s a POT-LUCK DINNER. Everybody brings a covered dish (preferably with food inside). We stand in line after the church service, tummies growling and eyes enlarged as we carefully examine the good stuff we have to choose from. We communicate and laugh and if somebody says they forgot or they think they should not stay – we talk ’em into stayin’ anyhow, right? We tell them there’s plenty of food.
Nobody knows how to make good relationships into better relationships like the followers of Christ. I believe that most people here in Wichita still believe that America is a Christian nation, founded on the values and principles of Christianity. We love, we mentor, we pray for everybody (except maybe ourselves) and yep – we EAT TOGETHER. We break bread and with true concern for our fellow person – we communicate and laugh and with a sincere heart, we try to listen to the views of everyone and come up with solutions when there is any conflict. THAT is what we do.
I could not be any more proud of Wichita right now. While race relations are escalating across the country, in Wichita, our officers are taking a cue from the Christian community around them. They are meeting with the group Black Lives Matter at a cookout. Food – the breaking of bread (and hopefully some hamburgers inside – and hot dogs) along with meaningful dialogue, communication on both sides which includes some listening – real listening, and I hope and pray some moments of levity – laugher perhaps. We need to initiate some conversation that leads to some answers – not for one side or the other – but answers we can all LIVE with.
We all need to LIVE to our greatest potential – because LIFE is a precious gift and not to be carelessly taken by anyone.
Let’s all have conversations at a cookout. Christ knew how to talk with His crew about serious stuff. Christians know all about making good fellowship into great fellowship. Please America… stop the violence. Instead, let’s have a real conversation at a cookout. Talking, listening – and FOOD. 🙂