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A couple of days ago, I was asked by my father-in-law to comment on what I thought about this:

(Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/mildlyinteresting/comments/2fkxmd/my_church_gave_prepackaged_communion/)

My initial reaction was, let’s say, negative.  It went something along the lines of “seriously?!”

Then it went to theology – “How could this even be considered communion – it’s individual and prepackaged.  Where is the community aspect in communion?”

Then it went to satire – “next thing you know, we’ll be offering the body of Christ in five great flavors and trying to super-size our portions.”

I wasn’t the only one – if you read the comments on the article, you’ll see some pretty clever satire and “marketing” names for what is pictures.  I have to admit, I thought some of the names were pretty funny.

So, this all seems so cut and dry right?  Wrong.  One comment that I read put a different spin on the whole thing – The person said that this would be great for military chaplains who are on the front lines.  Wow, I didn’t see that coming.

I’m amazed at how God is active in the world – even in pre-packaged bite-sized communion.  I was looking at the world through the context I am most familiar with when it comes to communion – Communion on Sundays and special occasions in a church.  I couldn’t possibly think of a good reason to have prepackaged individual communion packets.

But all it took was one person coming up with something reasonable as a mere possibility.  Now, I really have no idea why the prepackaged communion was created, or for what denomination.  I still have issues with it theologically for most contexts and wouldn’t ever think about using it a “normal” congregation.  But I can also see how it could be used in a Christ-centered way.  I just hope that McDonald’s doesn’t start thinking it can ask if you want Christ with that.