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5.24.2005    |    No, they're not kidding
Just when you thought that the Church of the Fluffy Bunny could not sink any lower, they smack us, as though with a pie, with something called the Clown Eucharist. This particular CoTFB is Trinity Church, which, if memory serves, is a member of the Episcopal "Church" USA.

In case any Reformed Protestants are reading this, the Eucharist is ECUSA's centerpiece, the manifestation of Jesus Christ in their midst. Eucharist is a solemn and serious business, or at least used to be. But not this past Sunday at Trinity Church on Wall Street in New York City. From Trinity's website, this:
All are invited to come in clown dress, big hats, floppy shoes or some sort of foolish garb. Those watching on the Internet might even be foolish enough to put on some white face or a big grease-paint smile as we worship God and learn about the structure of the Eucharist by being the circus which came to town and to church on that day. I look forward to worshiping with you.
This is classic CoTFB. It is conforming the holiest rite of the church to the world, thereby making a mockery of it. Trinity's explanation? It's part of "being a fool for Christ."

Trinity's problem? They used the word "fool" in its modern sense; a person with no wits about them; a clown. Hmm. Paul wrote of being a fool in the sense of not accepting the conventional wisdom of the day. For example, from 1 Corinthians 3:
18Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight.
Note well the quotation marks in Scripture. I sincerely doubt that Paul and the early Christians would have looked kindly on those who pranced about, making a foolish pudding of the Eucharist. So Trinity's problem, which is shared by many, many Christian Lite attendees, is that they are simply foolish, clowning around, placing the bitter medicine of Christ's sacrifice on the Cross in treacly syrup. Gospels too difficult to swallow? Not to worry, boys and girls, we've got clowns.

This clowning borders on being an abomination before the Lord.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

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