Johnny Cash, Rick Rubin, how could you disrespect the Blessed Sacrament?

Long essay on Rick Rubin’s efforts to turn around the failing business of Columbia Records.

I was thoroughly disappointed to read this section:

Rubin and Cash also had a deep spiritual kinship: during the final months of Cash’s life, they took communion together every day, even though Rubin, who was born Jewish and now sees himself as not having any specific religious orientation, should not be eligible for the holy sacraments.

I thought Johnny Cash was a better-informed Christian than to invite not only a non-believer, but a Jew, to Holy Communion . . . and I would have thought that Rick Rubin was more respectful of religious traditions than to wrongly use this Christian sacrament.

Some Christians see communion as nothing more than a public declaration of solidarity and community, but the truth is that, as Jesus said, the host and cup are the body and blood of Christ (Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19), and it is wrong to say that someone who consciously rejects Jesus as the Son of God partakes of his body in the sacrament. Not to mention, that such people are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord (1 Cor. 11:27).


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