"At Elon, baking becomes an act of faith." That headline caught my eye. At Northside Baptist Church, we do not mention the process of getting the bread made and the cup filled. We focus on the cross and the agony that the one on the cross endured. His name is Jesus and His body was not created in a kitchen. The recipe is not a gathering of ingredients to produce a great fragrance or leftovers to carry to your room. There is only one ingredient in the recipe. That is the blood of Jesus Christ.

Learning about Communion is an opportunity to learn the truth about Jesus. Little wonder that Generation Z is twice as likely to be an atheist as the rest of us. It may be a judgment-free event at Elon. It is not a judgment-free event in a church. Sin is real. All have sinned and no amount of ritual or religion can accomplish what Jesus accomplished on the Cross. His death and resurrection resulted in a new kind of life made available to any believer. It is called eternal life. When we pass the bread and the cup at church we learn about Communion. We learn about salvation. We learn what is required to gather around that table. Yes, it does matter. It is a life and death experience. It is Jesus’ life and our new life in Christ. It is for those who trust in Jesus and give him control over their lives.

Dale Steele

Burlington