Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 2 (Summer 2016) - Page 107

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE sisters, as well as Christ, not as persons but as mere stepping stones that will take us one step closer to our goals. Following Christ’s example, we need to be about persons. The persons in and of themselves are what matter and what Christianity is all about. It is about being in covenant relationship with God and with one another in Christ by the Spirit. This is how Christ treated us, and as he has loved us let us also love one another in the same way. Conclusion In summary, the reason food is involved in every occasion in Chuukese culture is because the act of partaking of food conveys vulnerability and openness, trust and humility. Also, food is involved in every occasion in Chuukese culture because it symbolizes joy and life. As such, it is used to express joy and extend hospitality. Also, as the symbol of life, food is bound up with relationships because sharing of food is sharing of life, and it involves practically caring for one another. Ultimately, sharing food with one another is an act of love. When we partake of food with one another, we are loving one another. Given this Chuukese understanding of food reflects how God in Christ treats the act of eating and food, we see the following: first, Christ humbly and impartially loved others by making himself vulnerable to them in the act of eating. Second, God in Christ used food as an expression of his joy and hospitality—even laying down his life in order that we might be able to partake with him in the marriage supper of the Lamb. Third, God in Christ shared his Life with us by partaking of food with us and by allowing us to partake of him: the bread and water of Life. Ultimately, we see food as an instrument of love that is bound up with relationship. Thus, when God shared food with us in the person of Jesus Christ, it was his act of love and invitation into eternal covenant relationship with him. 104