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Country clubs revisited

Country club churches. I had a conversation with my good friend Brad about country-club Christianity. We didn’t come up with any great answers but I think we took a couple of good steps. What’s not being in a country club look like? Talking to strangers, that’s what. And I think I know what the last line of the conversation should be. Not, “Nice to meet you.” Your mama taught you to say that, because it’s polite. It’s what everyone expects to hear. You shouldn’t say that. You should be rude. I think those last words should be, “I’m glad you were here.”
And you better be glad he or she was there, because God is.
Now, here comes the important part: follow-up. Remember that person’s name. Pray for that person during the next week. Make sure you pray for the chance to see that person again. If you didn’t care about that person on Sunday, I guarantee you will after you pray for ’em for a week. Then, on the next Sunday, find that person again and make sure you say something. I don’t think you should necessarily tell that person you’ve been praying for him or her. It seems to make people nervous.

I don’t know how the conversation should go. You figure it out. You’ve made friends before. But I still think you should be rude and close with the line, “I’m glad you were here.”

And don’t forget the follow-up. And if the person’s not there next Sunday? Find another stranger. But don’t forget the first one.

Neither Brad nor I have any idea what will happen if a lot of people start doing this. But I know nothing bad will come of it.

Something else. Tomorrow I want to talk about Linux some more. And I want to talk about cubes. Cubicles at work? No. Apple Cubes? Not exactly. I saw one of these yesterday and I want one, so chances are it isn’t from Apple.

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8 thoughts on “Country clubs revisited”

  1. LOL, no it’s not a Game Cube. You wouldn’t see Dave playing video games unless it’s Civilization, Railroad Tycoon, Baseball Mogul, or a game like that.

    Hey Dave, the least you could have done was put up a link to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hello Dave: I theenk I know…would it be black all over, have a reallly retro look (say late 80s-early 90s) and look maybe like this:

    I don’t have one of these, but I just got a "slab" at a local auction. (I have prayed for one for the last 3 years after I saw a Cube at the same local auction). in Christ, Karl.

  3. Dave, you’re getting it! Woo-hoo! You’re catching on to the secret of what makes the genuine, living church of Jesus Christ different from all merely human organizations.

    The Lord wants to help us learn how to love people with HIS love, in a completely realistic, down-to-earth, pragmatic, everyday way. This is supposed to be our daily experience. We stoke up this love by spending time on our knees, and then we get up and go out and expect the Lord to open our eyes and point us to the next person He wants us to be used with.

    A couple of fringe benefits – 1) our personal walk with the Lord keeps getting deeper, and our communication with Him improves; 2) our own needs are met as He keeps us and feeds us, so we can keep on being used to bless others; 3) we build up a group of new friends, because the idea isn’t simply to say "hi" to strangers, but to make them become part of our family. There’s no such thing as having too many people genuinely love you, or genuinely loving too many people. The bigger our circle of loved ones becomes, the richer our life becomes. I wish everybody would choose to have this experience. All I can say is, my life has changed.

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