Meals as Enacted Community: A Meal with Jesus
This month over at Grace Table we are doing an online book club of one of my favorite books. A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester.
In Tim Chester’s book, A Meal with Jesus, from chapter two “Meals as Enacted Community,” we are brought to Luke 7:40-50. Simon the Pharisee invites Jesus into his home for a meal to find a woman of immoral character coming into his home taking on the role as host as she bathes Jesus’ feet with her tears and expensive perfume. Her words are found in her sobbing, in her grief, as she is fully aware of what she’s done; and, there is a loving Jesus to embrace her without regard to what others will think of him. Meanwhile, Simon despises this woman, enraged with what appears as a seductive scandalous meal.
As the church in our online lives we lean more towards being graceless.
We are living in a space where some Christians are building up their pristine glass houses trying to ensure none of the evil in their heart could come out into view of the public eye. We are living in a space where some Christians are building up their social justice walls to ensure none of the culture will view their Jesus as a constructed wall too easily to crumble.
We as the church in these Twitter or Facebook feeds are shouting at one another from our fixed positions. It is easy to spout our need for grace, while regularly not extend it to our neighbor; because, our neighbor holds different views than us. This goes beyond the online world as well into our physical lives. Chester writes,