Thankful for Christ’s Banquet Table
11/25/15 Christina Forrester
As I thought about the things we as a community should be most thankful for in 2015, I thought about things like Democratic leaders willing to fight for the less fortunate, about our Presidential candidates who have who have shown the stark contrast from the politics of fear and exclusion being played on the other side. But all this is shadowed in thinking about the Thanksgiving banquet table we have in Jesus. We can’t let hate and fear (or partisan politics) win and this time of year is the perfect time to come together and show mercy, compassion to others, in our words, prayers and action.
Luke 14:12-14 says: “Then Jesus said to his host, ‘When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’”
Then in Matthew 22:8, when the king had invited all the VIP guests and been rejected, he ordered his servants to go and get the people in the streets: “And he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren’t worthy of the honor. Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’ So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests.”
You see, at Christ’s banquet table we aren’t looking at color, ethnicity, class, partisanship, refugee or immigration status…His arms are open to the “good and bad alike,” including you and I! There is room enough at His table, and those who do not make room in their own hearts for the least of these are not living like him and abiding in Him. So on Thanksgiving this year, let’s give Him thanks for just how big His table is.
We at CDA are also so thankful for all of you and your support in this movement! Thankful we are not alone in the fight for social justice, for speaking truth in love and becoming a voice to counter the negativity being spoken in God’s name.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.
Christina Forrester is Executive Director and Founder of Christian Democrats of America. @Christinaof9