This is the question Nate & I were asking ourselves yesterday. . . Now I am not perfect in any way, but this bothered me.
Here is the story:
We go to church yesterday and we were servers for communion. During the worship the family behind us is chatting away (see where I am going with this?). We get done serving communion and we sit back down. Pastor Steve starts his discussion. Yack, yack, yack, blah, blah, blah. OH how rude. WHY GO TO CHURCH if you don't want to hear what he is saying? Now I did listen to what he was saying. He discussed the upcoming season of Advent and about Love. It was a great talk but I had to really strain to hear him over the family behind me. I know that to turn to your neighbor and say something is acceptable, we are not to be robots during church; but to talk the entire time? It was mostly the mom to the daughter. This does not seem like a great example to me by the way. Why did they talk almost the entire time? I am confused. Do they know enough on this that they do not need to know more or to listen? So applying the 'love' part of the lecture, I did nothing...When at the end of the service he told us to go in love and peace and to tell our neighbors hello and have a great week. I turned around and they were about to BOLT out the door. Noticing to myself, yes, they are members. They had name tags. They didn't even want to say hi to anyone, they were busy putting on coats and zipping purses and turning on cell phones. Church is a place to fellowship and meet people. Why not be friendly? This was not just this family. I took notice of it throughout the church at the other distractions and people.
I felt bad for the pastor between the baby screaming, no one would take the child out (and it was in the balcony, so it echoed) and the cell phones ringing. I really felt for Pastor Steve; I know that would have to be a hindrance. When I am working and people are really loud around me it is hard to concentrate and keep on track and it is distracting, not to mention just rude. I really enjoy my pastor and look forward to what he will teach. I wish everyone did and would listen. There is always something applicable no matter who you are or what stage in life you are. I hope people will respect him and let him do his job, he does it very well if you only listen.