Stepping on toes…

I’ve meant to write this blog post for a long time, but I always put it off because I didn’t want to cause any controversy. I realized that I’m allowed to say whatever I want on my blog, so here we go…

On Friday, a few people at the gym asked me if I was going to be running the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, and I told them what I tell everyone every year: no. I don’t usually elaborate any more than that, but one person pressed further and asked me why.

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I told him that I wasn’t running the Pittsburgh Marathon because I refuse to miss church. I specifically refuse to miss partaking in the Lord’s Supper, or as some call it: Communion.

I’m a non-denominational Christian, so to me, the Lord’s Supper is something that Christians do every Sunday in remembrance of Jesus Christ. We eat bread and drink grape juice to symbolize Christ’s body and blood that He sacrificed for us in his death.

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This scripture shows that Jesus asked his disciples to remember Him:
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-24

This scripture shows that Christians are to partake in the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week:
On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.

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Partaking in the Lord’s Supper is a huge part of why Christians attend church each Sunday morning.

I truly try to keep Christ at the very center of my life. I want Him to be #1 in my life. Always. To me, if Christ comes first, that means that I remember Him every Sunday morning by partaking in the Lord’s Supper.

That means that I don’t run races on Sunday mornings. I don’t sleep in on Sunday mornings. I don’t go to baseball games on Sunday mornings. I don’t miss church and partaking in the Lord’s Supper unless I absolutely have to (like if I was sick).

I believe that Jesus died on the cross to save me from my sins. He asked that I remember Him on the first day of the week through Communion. Why would I miss partaking in Communion to run a race?

I’m running in a much more important race throughout my life:
Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

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This belief may seem strict, but I’m holding to it firmly.

Is the Pittsburgh Marathon “wrong?” No! I’d love to run it, but I won’t run races on Sunday mornings. There are plenty of races on Saturdays that I can run without missing the Lord’s Supper.

I’m not perfect. I sin every day. I’m not trying to judge anyone who runs races on a Sunday or isn’t a Christian. I don’t believe I’m better than anyone and didn’t write this post to make anyone feel bad or condemn people who ran the Pittsburgh Marathon.

I just felt like I needed to get that off of my chest and explain why I personally don’t run Sunday morning races.

Feel free to leave a comment or contact me by email (aks5313@psu.edu) if you have any questions!

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17 comments

  1. I completely respect your decision. I think it’s awesome that you’re standing up for what you believe in. It’s your faith. You can do what is right for you. There are plenty of races on saturdays, you’re right. You don’t HAVE to run any specific race and your reasons are just that- yours. I don’t think anybody should feel offended by this post! You’re just staying true to you and that’s all that matters.

  2. I respect your decision. I actually haven’t run any races on Sunday mornings, but here in the South… there are never races on Sunday mornings. It’s completely different. One run club I am a member of (I no longer live there, so I don’t run with them), won’t even do long runs on Sunday morning due to church and making sure people get there for the various start times. I don’t regularly attend church, but I do respect those who don’t want to run a race that day.

    Honestly… I wonder why marathons are held on Sunday morning. To me, Saturday morning would be better because it lets people rest that afternoon, go out and celebrate that night, and then travel home on Sunday without missing work, if they traveled to race, or go to church, or sleep in, or whatever else they do on Sunday?

    Here our races are Thursday nights or Saturday mornings, so if you want to do a marathon not on a Sunday just come down South, hehe.

  3. I think the way you stand by your faith is astounding and inspirational. I think having a firm reason behind your belief is what is going to lead to that peace. Good for you. I hope you had a great Sunday.

  4. Ok this is a bit of a tangent…but I’ve always wondered why the phrase is “this do in remembrance of me” instead of “do this in remembrance of me”

    It used to bug me so much as a kid sitting in church because I did not understand the reason why one would speak like that.

    Ok after that tangent…was someone accusatory of your decision to not race? I thought you just got cleared to run this past week so you probably wouldn’t be in marathon shape anyway. I run on Sundays so I’m not one to judge..or be judged for that matter. I feel like these issues are between Christ and the Christian 🙂

    1. Yeah, the guy was a little accusatory. He was like, “You know you’re going to miss the race, right?” I was just standing there with my jaw hanging. I’m not sure why he didn’t respect my decision!

  5. I’m not religious in the least but I am a huge fan of sticking to your guns and being unwavering is whatever your belief is (unless you’re a crazy terrorist, of course). So good for you for writing this and for standing in your faith. Rock on. 🙂

  6. I think it’s amazing you are so strong in your faith and have decided for yourself not to let anything overtake your Sunday mornings. There is nothing controversial about that!! Stick to it and there is no reason anyone shouldn’t respect you for that!

  7. You go, Girl! 🙂 I go to an Assemblies of God church, so we do Communion once a month. But the symbolism and importance of remembering is still there. Only good comes from putting God first, even if it isn’t always an easy decision. 🙂

  8. This makes me want to hug you! Love how devoted of a Christian you are. This makes me love you even more. Sticking to what you believe in is amazing, and no one should judge you for that!

  9. Allie, I’ve always admired you for your strong faith in Christ. After reading this, I respect you even more, not only for your strong faith, but for the way you stick to your beliefs and decisions regardless of what others may think. Good for you!!!

  10. As a general rule, I think it’s so RUDE to ask “why” anything, “Why aren’t you doing this?” or “Why do you do that?” None of your business! (Obviously, there are exceptions, especially for friends/family/people close to you.)

    Good for you on sticking to your guns!

  11. We take communion every Sunday as well and it is definitely a special time. It’s such a blessing to have that time to gather together with our friends and worship God. Sundays are a big deal for us. 🙂

  12. That is really admirable, Allie. ❤

    My church does Communion only once a month if you can believe that. One thing I don't like. Also, it is done in our seats no going up and kneeling.. getting a little one on one with the pastor..

  13. It’s your life and your decision to make! It doesn’t sound like an easy one, and I am sorry you had to make it in the first place. My dad’s church offers an afternoon service on marathon day. He’s Presbyterian…not sure if that makes a difference – I apologize, I am a little ignorant about religious customs and policies!

    Anyways, just wanted to let you know I always support you staying true to yourself. You are so self-aware!

  14. I love how strong you are in your beliefs! I am not Christian, but that doesn’t mean I can’t admire your dedication and that you have found what is important and meaningful to YOU! This is a brilliant and lovely post–I don’t think it steps on toes at all. Plus there are plenty of races in the sea, you can choose the ones that work for you 🙂

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