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Here is a shot of a Church building in my area during the 06 weird weather mini flood. /source flickr.com/photos/lisamulvey/340821980/
The sign on the church says,”The Bible’s treasures are for those who dig for them.” It doesn’t mention swim to them. This photo really shows how many of our churches are viewed by outsiders. Even if you thought there was something of value to be had within, are you going to wade through the muck to get there? Churches can be seen as little islands with a crew of castaways cut off from the mainland of society. If you had the guts, or foolishness to wade to the door, would you find it barricaded with plywood, do you need to pry your way into church?
That water is the wonderful Susquehanna river swelling out of it’s banks. This seems to happen once in a while; our church floods to the point of boat tours of the basement and parking lot on occasion. Flood waters recede, mud cleans up, but this image sticks in my mind. Thirty years ago I was a believer, but unchurched. I had to wade through a lot to get into some churches. The natives know the drill. When to stand, where to sit, who is friendly, and they know the words to the music and when to laugh at the preacher’s attempts at humor. Breaking into the cast away tribe is not easy. It must be done on their terms, their schedules. Not everybody has the ability to get to the island unassisted.
Every member must be a landing craft. We can’t just invite people to come to church, the river is daunting. We must pick them up, or meet them on their dry land, and escort them inside, introducing them to the ways of our particular tribe. Next time you ask someone, “Why don’t you come to our church?’ have this picture in mind. It is in theirs. Take them for a ride in your boat first for a while, them pull up on the shore gently. Take them to church before services, like on a Saturday. Let them get used to the lay of the land of the island before all the scary natives show up. Even friendly natives are frightening when there are more of them then there are of you.
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