It seems like so much of my muse is wrapped up in the church lately – I can't tell if that is a good thing or a bad thing, but it is what it is.
As someone who has grown up in the church my entire life, I can sometimes be callous to what it feels like in the “pew” to someone who doesn't walk through the church doors every week. It can often be an uncomfortable experience for those unfamiliar with the “pew”.
Imagine this scenario,
The music and singing begin and <bam> hands go up all-around you. Suddenly, you find yourself in a sea of waving hands. Next, as you attempt to sing along with the words on the screen, you see “flaming tongues” appear or “ineffable love” or “nothing but the blood”.
We, in the church, understand these phrases, but for the unchurched these words often scare them. I don't say these things to be disrespectful to the church, but rather as an opportunity to engage in thought on the subject of the unchurched. As I sat next to my friend, who doesn't go to church every week, I realized – in all sincerity – that we might not be connecting with the unchurched as well as we thought we were.
I'm not sure how this changes or what that looks like, but I can say that my heart is softened to those hearts around us that might be in a different place and on a different spiritual journey than myself.
Are you aware of those around you who might have a different “view from the pew” than you?
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