Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Those frightened of the Church

I went to visit a family who showed visible signs of church phobia. One has to realize very quickly that you are not you but a symbol of the church intruding on home turf. The new minister may be offended by the off hand treatment he/she gets when people deliberately walk out of the room and are never seen again. When the conversation is so stilted you have to resort to anything to help the folk feel at ease in your company. We are meant to be bearers of good news but for some we bring all the trappings of the darker side of the church that has bruised, rejected and trampled on soft souls. God help us to break the mold.. Amen.

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