Wednesday, August 3, 2011

PART ONE: Welcome OR Keep Out?

The tattooed man and woman at the entrance to the sanctuary stood out among the other congregants. Chris and Beth had purposely dressed casually, choosing outfits that accented rather than hid their body art. And, while the pews were dotted with heads in all shades of blond, brunette, auburn, and silver, no one else sported the bright, newborn-chick-yellow of the couple’s spiked hair. 

Friends and relatives had been encouraging them for quite a while to give the Methodist church on Main Street a try. “There’s something different about it,” Beth’s cousin told her. 

Tentative and apprehensive, Chris and Beth hesitated at the door, wondering what sort of welcome they would receive. Nothing prepared the couple for what awaited them. . .

Being honest, what kind of reception would Chris and Beth be given at your church? Would they be warmly welcomed? How would people react? Would the congregation rely solely on the “assigned” greeters to welcome the couple? Would you personally reach out to them? What thoughts would go through your mind? What would you say to them? What would you do? Would you bury your nose in your bulletin to avoid eye contact or would you slide over and make room beside you?

Stop back tomorrow for the rest of the story. . .

“The LORD does not look at the things people look at.
People look at the outward appearance,
but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7

Blessings all!

©2011 Pamela D. Williams