Church Signs10 June, 2009
What would I do without church signs? Here I am, enjoying a nice vacation at home, (((Wife))) worked her street corner for the last day this school year, and I have been trying to come up with a topic about which to post. And along comes a couple of church signs.
First, this one has some, um, well, here it is:
The Best Way to Serve Your Master is on Your Knees.
Does anyone else find this to have a sexual connotation? This one just weirded me out.
The second one is a direct Bible quote:
And Jesus said: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20
Which immediately brought to mind, then why are there churches?
I understand that the early church had a real problem with heresy and heterodoxy. Each group of early Christians, using either oral traditions or a selection of ‘gospels,’ developed their own idea about what, exactly, it took to be a Christian. Whether Jesus was a human, a god, a combination of both; did one need to be a Jew before one could become a Christian? And just how many gods are there: one, two, three, three who are one, or a thousand?
It was necessary to have churches in order to keep the flock from drifting into heresy. And it was necessary to establish a heirarchy to keep the churches in line. Paul basically created Christianity (so why aren’t they called Paulians?). So I can see why there are churches.
Then I wondered, if every place where Christians get together in Christ’s name, why do they not claim tax exemption for all these places? After all, homes, Christian businesses and restaurants are all places where people gather to do many things, including gather ‘in Jesus’ name.’
So why, if homes and businesses could, according the Bible, be considered places of worship, are there still churches?
Screw that. Why don’t we just tax the churches as real property just like we tax homes and businesses?
Yeah, I know. Treating Christians like citizens under the law means they are being persecuted.