How many “layers” of doors do you have to enter to get into your church sanctuary? Probably at least two, maybe three or more-exterior, lobby, at least. Can anyone peek in and see what is going on in your sanctuary?
I remembering when on-lookers sat on the car fenders where they could get a view of what went on inside our little church. I also remember when our church raised enough money to put in stained glass windows. Well, they may have been prettier, but looking back I see a stronger divide being put up between “churched” and “un-churched.”
It is touted as a “doctrine of the Constitution” that we are to believe our “religious practices” are fine and dandy just as long as we keep them to ourselves. After all, there is separation of church and state! How the devil must snicker at some of his schemes!
About 25 years ago, I was driving up MacArthur Ave where a lone “Bible thumper” was yelling his lungs out trying to “convert” the sinner. Kristina asked what he was doing. I somewhat explained.
I didn’t tell her but I knew he was an embarrassment to us more moderate Christians.
Some time later we passed that corner again. Kristina asked, “Where is the Bible man?” A seed sown in soft soil. Thank you, Bible man.
By the way, I see online that recent years have brought death to many Christians. Thanks, Bible men and women—faithful unto mockery, scorn, and death. Martyrs. People who took their stand for Jesus in open windows, not hidden behind the stained glass.
That reminds me of Daniel. Why did he pray in his window? God could have heard him if he had stayed behind the wall. Any ideas?