As I sit to write each evening, there are times when I know what is on my mind, and there are other times that I cruise through my Bloglines account (blogs listed in the left hand column), taking a peek at new posts, to see what might be brought to mind.
That's what I did this evening, checking out the United Methodist Reporter Blog. Check out this article. It's a about a (non-United Methodist) church -- a larger one of about 3,400 attendees at worship each week, that has a sign outside the Sanctuary which reads, "No Children Under 2 Years of Age Allowed in the Sanctuary."
Hmmm. Leaving aside the obvious (they don't allow babies into the Sanctuary for worship? What?), and setting aside our (my) obvious judgement against such a practice, think about your own church for a moment. While there may not be signs like this, are there other ones? Ones that are not so obvious, but which still say to people, "You are not welcome here"?
Walk around your church like a visitor, and see what you think. Ask a friend, who does not attend your church to walk around with you, and look at the church through his/her eyes. I might like to try that exercise.
If I can keep my children quiet.