Etiquette, Please

Posted: May 1, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I wrote a blog post about my fear and insecurity, I was very nervous about being surrounded by all those Christian girls at the Conference.

My hesitation was warranted, because for a horde of Christians the polite etiquette of ‘please’, ‘excuse me’ and ‘thank you’, seemed lost on everyone. People were moving around a lot and it was VERY crowded, but no one passing through could even think to use “excuse me” when they squeezed through the heaving crowds and no one even said “thank you” when they were let through.

This is so unsettling for me as I have been to rock festivals and I was terrified that I’d get treated badly when trying to get through crowds, but that was not the case. They were the politest people I could have been around, paving the way for people to get through crowds and using the correct etiquette. Such a civilised crowd considering most first impressions when meeting a rock fan can be quite negative.

It is such a shame that I don’t have such a glowing review of Christian ‘girls’…

As women we are expected to be polite, gentle and respectful of others, unfortunately within the church we hold ourselves so highly regarded that we feel that manners are beneath us.

There is one plus point from this Conference and that was the Host. She has a celebrity persona but when she speaks, she cuts herself down to human level. She is one of the girls!

She felt she was not a power preacher, but for me she was. It was like she had read my blog post and was telling everyone “Hey, we are women of God and should not reject or judge anyone!”

I feel like God Himself gave her the words to speak into my heart. She read from Jude, but it was verse 22-23 (message Bible) about being ‘tender to sinners’. We are all sinners, not just those non-believers, but those in the church whether you are seeking or doubtful.

We are on a journey and this road is long and hard, so wouldn’t it be easier if you weren’t doing it alone? The body of Christ is supposed to be us (Christians), but a body has many parts and they all work together for a collective goal and if just one part does not work, the body doesn’t work to the best of its ability. We need to keep this Body of Christ healthy!


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