(a copy/paste from nine years ago)
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. I’m remembering when on-lookers sat on the car fenders where they could get a view of what went on inside. I 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.”
Political correctness says 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 20 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. 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 heard the other day that 2013 had brought on the death of more Christian martyrs than any former years. Thanks again to Bible men and women—faithful unto death.
January 15, 2023 Let me add a bit to this post from 2014. Have you noticed how acceptable it is for people to talk about “their God” or to refer to a neutral kind of Super Man Upstairs? Watch how far one gets if he says anything about Jesus being the only way to God! See how far you get with that on The View!