I sat down in a coffeehouse this morning. A beautiful setting with delicious smells in the air and comfortable seating. I wasn’t pressured to sign up for a coffee class by the Barista. There were no people in my face asking me questions about dark roast coffee that I didn’t know the answer to. I was able to take my 6 year old in, grab a latte, a chocolate chip muffin and sit on a comfortable chair and have a great conversation with him. He told me how he was going to create a planet and launch it into space with a giant launchpad. His planet would be lined with colorful flowers so that aliens would have a sweet smelling place to land and live. What a beautiful opportunity to connect with my son and get to know him more.
It seems that the people in our world are interested in sitting comfortably and watching to see if they are interested in joining. What if the church allowed people to do just that? What would it look like if the church provided an environment where people could comfortably interact and explore questions about faith? Not in an atmosphere where they felt pressured to react emotionally to some call, but to openly explore their questions, without the fear of judgment or favoritism. Scripture teaches in Ps. 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” How could the church impact the culture right where they are if the atmosphere was provided for them to literally “taste and see” that the Lord is indeed good?
It may be time for the church to take a lesson in atmosphere and environment from the coffeehouse.