I was raised in a slightly obscure faith. One that people may have heard of, but often misunderstand. Even within that faith, I go to a non traditional church. I am used to people misunderstanding my church or thinking differently than I do. And that's OK.
But today, I witnessed something really disappointing. I walked into my local market (mind you, I live in a community with a church college, and many people are of the same faith) and saw a group of people talking. As I meandered by, I realized that they were talking about the church I attend (I knew this by their mention of people lifting their hands during the service...not a very common thing around here). The man continued to say that he felt "dirty" attending the service there.
I went on my way, as I only had a quick break to grab some lunch, baby food, and body wash. As I finished my shopping, I just felt shocked at what I had just heard. Is it really so bad for people to worship differently than you? Is it so bad that you truly feel unclean being in a church different than what you are used to?
I just can't help but think that people tend to miss the point. It's not about having stained glass windows or drums in your sanctuary. It's not about jewelry or jobs or diet. It's about God. If our focus is on something else, we need to take a closer look at what really matters.