The title of this blogpost is a bit long, but it was a quote taken directly from a church’s web site. As a web developer and designer, I enjoy surfing the web for new ideas and inspiration. I often find myself at church web sites.
“We promise you a safe environment,” I am tempted to ask the author what this means. I’m unaware of “dangerous” churches in America. Are there Houses of Worship in our country that some people would deem “unsafe”? Statements similar to this are strewn throughout the entire web site. “Safe” “Friendly” “Non-threatening” Talk about setting soon-to-be-Christians up for failure! This gives the reader the impression that other churches are like a battlefield in the middle east. “Non-threatening”?
When was the last time you went to a church where a greeter threatened you? Maybe the Pastor promised a beating if you were found without your Bible? How about an usher giving the stink-eye to anyone not dropping a buck into the bucket? It’s time to get real America!
“You will never be singled out or embarrassed”
So, you are at a baseball game and you are smooching on your wife and a camera hits you and poof you are on the titantron. Do you throw your popcorn up in the air, scream obscenities and carry on about them invading your privacy? Of course not! You smile and then get right back at it. So why is it that people are so afraid of being embarrassed at church? Is someone saying “If you are a visitor, we’d like you to raise your hand so we can get you a packet of information” all that bad? Or, really, God forbid someone try and shake my hand? There are more threatening individuals saying hi to you at every Walmart in America, guys.
I personally would love to design a web site for a church that would ask me to put, “You are bound to be embarrassed. Someone WILL shake your hand. You will be asked, ‘how are you doing?'”
What happened to the boldness of Christ in the church???
If you had a million bucks and you were just out downtown looking for someone to give it away to would you be timid? Would you be worried that they were going to be upset with you for ruining their day? Singling them out? No, you’d walk up to them and say, “Hey, buddy it’s your lucky day!”
That’s the attitude we as a Church should have. We have a gift far better than a million or even a billion bucks. We have the love of the One True God. We have Eternal Life through Christ and Him Crucified. We have a living, breathing Savior and our best friend the Holy Spirit of God living inside of us. Not only do we have that gift, but we have the ability to “give it away”. Stop being timid church. ACT LIKE YOU HAVE SOMETHING EVERYONE NEEDS! Because you do.