Do You Wine About Grape Juice?
"As you know, when we come to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we have wine available in the outer rings of the trays, and grape juice is in the center. We do this because some Christians have developed scruples about drinking wine, and the New Testament is very plain about how such things are to be handled.(via Blog and Mablog)
But the grape juice is available for those with religious scruples. It is not for those with personal preferences. The Lord’s table is not a buffet, where you get to select what you personally would like to have.
So if you prefer the grape juice for reasons of taste, or age, then allow me to exhort you to take the wine. This may take some preparation for you, it may take some weeks for you to instruct your little ones, and so no one should respond to this invitation in a panic.
But we should know what direction we are going. The Lord set the first table with wine. We are not here to worship ourselves, or indulge our own notions. For those with scruples, the Word commands us to receive you and your scruples together with all honor. And this is what we do. But if, on the basis of preference or taste alone, you want to come to His table with your own menu items, then this is a problem. It is as though you were invited to a great banquet, and you showed up with your own brown bag lunch. Consider these things prayerfully."