I have issues with our church. I’ll admit it. Aside from the fact that we never can seem to sing an unaltered hymn (Brother Byron, “Amazing Grace” does NOT have the phrase “My chains are gone” in it!), I still think that our church holds such a view of Baptism that it feels that we have to be dunked to be truly saved, even if they don’t quite go so far as to say it. The first issue is really a matter of taste, while the latter is more of a big issue. Doctrine like that can cross a dangerous line if left unchecked.
Today, another line was crossed. I don’t believe that secular music belongs in church. Not that I mind secular music. I just don’t think that it belongs in a worship service. Our new media guy put together something that I feel was WAY out of line in church. He took several pics of people in our church, “aged” them, then put them up to the theme song to “Cheers”. Many people, I’m sure the media guy included, thought it was cute. My wife, a recovering alcoholic, didn’t get angry, but pointed out that it took her mind in a direction that she didn’t need to go.
Romans 14:21 says, “It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.” I wonder if our media guy even considered this? Looking at my own addiction, I wonder if the woman who decides to wear–to church–that dress that shows just a hint of cleavage (or, Heaven forbid, a great deal of it) realizes how hard she is making it for me to keep from stumbling?