Bringing the Church to Them

Something I’ve struggle with a lot is sharing the faith to non-Christians. Like I am reaaaally not comfortable just going up to someone and asking “You want to know about Jesus?”.

Lately, I’ve been reading up a lot on Liturgy, in fact I’m halfway through “The Churchmanship of John Wesley” right now, so like it’s been a really really big focus. All in all, the simple conclusion I come to is that it is really really just all about the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion (Eucharist). And the messed up af rabz kebabz thing about that realisation is that bringing Jesus to people is as simple as doing that for everyone. Lemme explain:

Christian liturgy is essentially washing and eating, something that literally everyone does. Everyone, needs to deal with their past and their future.

If someone is suffering from their past regrets and can’t break free from it, then bring them to wash their face or take a shower, or get a haircut or whatever; like physically groom themselves, washing away the old self and refining it to something new. It helps secure their painful past and makes it melt away.

If you can eat with someone until you naturally develop table manners with them, they gain confidence and clarity to face life; If you can eat well, you can interact well; if you can interact well, you can talk well; if you can talk well, you can question well; if you can question well, you can think well; if you can think well you can do good, and if you do good, your life has meaning. It secures their future and maps out a good pathway forward.

The only difference between the secular rituals of washing and eating and the Sacraments is that in Baptism we say “Your sins are forgiven in the name of the Trinitarian Godhead” and in the Eucharist we say “This is the Body and Blood of Christ the Saviour”; we give meaning to the actions and centre it on Christ: He is living water that washes away sin and death; He is the bread and wine that saves and restores to life.

We don’t often think about how regrets from a painful and shameful past and anxiety about a complex and unknown future can drive a person to either kill others or themselves in the end, but I think we’ve seen enough cases to know that it happens. Jesus saves, and he taught us how to bring him to the nations so he can save them too: teach them to wash, teach them to eat; and their lives gain back meaning bit by bit.

In literature, we learn ‘show don’t tell’, in the Gospel, now I’m telling you ‘show, don’t lecture’, let your adaptation of the sacraments to a broken world be your words.

Get them to wash themselves, eat with them, keep doing that until they get their lives back together. It’s really not that hard.

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