It is more like background buzz.
During the summer months I spend a great deal of time working the landscape at the store where I make my living. Mowing, weed eater, maybe spraying some weed killer here and there….
I usually have on headphones that contain a radio. During one particular hour the station I listen to plays a radio version of The View — titled The Spew. Two of the on air personalities who rarely agree “spew” about local or national news items in a debate format.
What caught my attention on this sunny day was a story about a bar.
Actually it was about a Cleveland suburb that gave permission for an abandoned church to converted into a bar / pub.
Neither host is exceptionally religious. But they both had the same response — The church consists of the people — the congregation — and not the building. No Problem! Well………….Those texting in and calling in to the show saw it much differently. It was really interesting to hear two non-preacher / non-theologian personalities trying to defend a solid biblical truth. Church is where ever the people meet. One of the hosts who had a Catholic background pointed out that anyplace could be “consecrated” as a place of worship.
Much of the debate centered around the idea of how could you consider drinking in what used to be a house of worship?
One point no one came to — but they hit all around it — was if it is OK to do anywhere else, why not in a church building?
There are many levels of discussion possible here — but I really wanted to raise the question. If it is OK behavior — shouldn’t it be OK in a church building? If it isn’t OK in a church building — maybe it isn’t OK at all? This isn’t just about drinking. And the question goes both ways. Where does integrity and consistency begin or end?
Just a thought…….