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