Guess who’s coming to dinner
The film tells the story of Joanna “Joey” Drayton, a young White American woman who has had a whirlwind romance with Dr. John Prentice, an African American man she met while in Hawaii. The plot centers on Joanna’s return to her liberal upper class American home in San Francisco, bringing her new fiancé to dinner to meet her parents, and the reaction of family and friends. The film depicts the discomfort of her parents as they try to accept their daughter’s choice. It also touches on black-on-black racism when John is taken to task by his father and the household cook (played by Isabel Sanford) for his perceived presumption.
The setting was in the time when the skin color discrimination was very high. There was this great tension between the two families who was about to meet for the first time, while the two main characters, who fell in love when they met abroad, were busy exchanging glances, very much in love with each other, not minding the tension that was about to explode.
In the end, a reconciliation was set upon, and the two families agreed to carry out the wishes of the lovers.
In the Member – Church of God International, a different dinner is about to happen. Members from all over the world, including the different provinces in the Philippines will congregate in their respective locales to join the members in Central Apalit, Philippines, to commemorate one of the important events that took place in the history of mankind.
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THE LORD’S SUPPER.
In contrast to the setting of the movie, brethren all over the world in different colors and nationalities will join hand in hand, without any tension or discrimination.
They will give Thanksgiving to the Lord our God for all the blessings and misfortunes alike, they have received in their daily lives.
They will also give Thanksgiving to the Lord our God, for their Preacher, Presiding Minister, Brother Eliseo Soriano, who, in his twilight years, does not falter in what is his vocation in life, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, at all cost, including his own life and the lives of his own family and the people closest to him more especially, the Vice Presiding Minister, Daniel Razon.
In the West, Brother Eliseo Soriano was unaware that this is the path God has wanted him to take. Bible wise, this is not surprising:
Fear not for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west.
Abroad, never in the history of the Church that the propagation of the Word of God, went far and wide.
Unlike the dinner setting of the movie that the guests were invited, The Guest to this Lord’s Supper is the Lord Himself. He will not wait for the invitation. He will come on His own: In fact, He will be there ahead of us, the brethren of the Member – Church of God International. For it is written in the bible:
Zechariah 8:21 –
And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the LORD of Hosts: I WILL GO ALSO.
And so, guess who’s coming to dinner? THE LORD HIMSELF.
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