“Well, I don’t know, I heard you guys were a bunch of snake kissing, inbred that like to probe our minds when we’re out“….Smart ass
“No, not on your 1st time“…Ronnie
“Hi, I’m Ronnie…..I’m new here“…..
So, Sunday Saga 2, Church Search 2017, was a bust. Merrill felt more at ease as the numbers were smaller, no one was being all charismatic, and the music wasn’t a stage presentation of Pink Floyd…..but to me….on a 5 star scale….I gave them 3; which represents a church I’d attend if all other churches were closed due to a solar eclipse gone wrong. The Doctrine of Christ….LOL, its not that serious folks.
For me, the bigger churches kinda, sorta get a greeting pass….I mean, sure they have thousands that can greet, after all, not EVERYTHING is the Pastor’s job, but this little, smaller church, had the people, if NOT the pastor to greet, for some reason, they chose not too. No one, and I mean no one, likes walking up a church sidewalk and feeling like the new kid in Footloose, in which everyone is gawking, staring, judging….I mean, you may NOT be doing that….but it feels like that, and I’m a Christian….how do you think a 1st timer feels? One person….the gate keeper….recognized us as new, saw the heathens, and led us straight to a place we could stash them in a safe place, until the end of service. I mean they said, “Oh you can keep them with you”, but under their breath they thought, “I’d rather you didn’t“. We saw the Pastor in the Sunday School hallway…he has children too….he said, “Hi” to us, but Pastors being like the Mayor of Danville, it wasn’t long before he was pulled away for some other nefarious business….Oh, and Jr. High Sunday School? Non-existent in the 1st service. Apparently, it’s child abuse to get them up bright and early to PTL…..Ya’ll Can’t Hear Me….
We are Christian….we speak the language, we can read the text. We know the answer to the question, “Who loves you?” So, if we feel uncomfortable walking into your building, how do you think The World feels? This church had it all text-book straight. The small groups; which come on….you don’t greet me at the door, and you EXPECT me to come to your house as a stranger? REALLY? The fancy shiny folders that tells us what you believe in (Christ, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Easter, Christmas), the amazingly well-kept coffee bar complete with staff and STARBUCKS (RBC take note), the music was upbeat, the pastor was easily understood, and with the exception of the Doctrine of Tithing, I had no exception to what he taught….you can have the most amazing Sunday School, dresses, air-conditioned building, hell you can give out a Chanel bag to each new customer, but until you learn to step out and treat visitors like they’re welcome, NONE OF IT WILL MATTER….it will be for NOTHING. Dig? Feel me? I gave that church 100 opportunities to greet me…..This is why I want Sunday School on campus….You may be Christian, but you could be a freak too….we do not want to go to your home…meet us on Christ’s turf….The Doctrine of Christ states that you make all feel welcome…..I don’t care about your tattoo’s, jeans, tee shirts….I don’t care how normal and down-to-earth you present yourself, I care about feeling like a part of your family…and if you can’t do that….I can’t be with you. So, gotta go. Happy Solar Eclipse Day. I just ran 2.0 miles, at Dawn, and OMG I love it…..I wrote this while running…..Christ wants you to: Love each other….comfort each other….encourage each other…..and support each other…..then have your coffee bars and shiny folders….Don’t get that sh*t twisted yo. Be Blessed.
Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. Be KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, please don’t look into the sun….you will see the black hole of its heart….and go blind.