The only thing Christians like more than inviting friends, coworkers, and family members to church is fearing that on the Sunday they do, all hell will break loose during service. (Not a swear. This is a Christian blog; I get to use that one.)
It doesn’t matter how great your church is Sunday after Sunday. On the one day you actually invite a neighbor for the first time, there’s a moment of panic that passes through you.
Worship music top notch week after week? Well this will be the Sunday the lady who owns a mission trip rain stick souvenir will be doing an interpretation of the song “I Can Only Imagine.”
Pastor always brings his A game? Well this will be the Sunday he starts his sermon by saying, “Today I want to talk about why you should give all your money to the church unless you want to go to hell.”
Never done any old school snake handling at your church? Well this will be the Sunday where they hand out a free pit viper with each bulletin.
Your only defense against this fear is to prepare a really good church disclaimer. As soon as the service jumps off the tracks and you see your friend squirm, lean over to them and call a mulligan, “Church is never like this. I don’t know what’s going on today. Will you please come back next week?”
Has your church ever done something wacky?
(This originally appeared in the Stuff Christians Like book. If you want to pick up a copy, click here!)