We Can’t Be Silent

Men proclaim their loves in a variety of ways and one of those ways involves words. There are many non-verbal forms of communication, too. A man may only invest in clothes stiched with a certain logo. He may enthrone a television that takes up half a wall. He may stock his pockets with mini-computers made by only one company. He may cross his arms left hand up to keep his wedding ring finger out from under his right armpit. He may besiege every weed every week from his yard with military rigidity. There are many ways that we show what we love.

Showing what we love is inescapable whether or not we post it on Facebook. The words we use are not unimportant but they are only part of our expression.

As Christians we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes by opening our mouths to eat and drink (1 Corinthians 11:26), not only to preach. As creation speaks God’s glory without words, so communion speaks our faith and fellowship with God and each other. We don’t just talk about unity, we walk together to the same table. We don’t just say that Christ is our life, we eat His body and drink His blood as our food.

All men will know we are Christians by our love for one another. As we celebrate this Supper all men will know that we only love one another only because He loved us first. We proclaim that He loved us, that He gave Himself for us in love, and that our love for others is derivative from His divine love. Sharing this meal may not require many words, but it cannot remain silent when we participate by faith.