Good Grief

kinnon —  October 24, 2007 — 6 Comments

My blogging friend, Erika Haub, pointed to this op-ed piece at the Wittenburg Door. It may be humor. Though it isn’t particularly funny. (And unfortunately, I think it is actually real.)

We have a responsibility to all God’s people, no matter who they are or where they live or what their life circumstances are … right? And we want nothing more than to create congregational environments that personify the highest ideals of “open hearts, open minds, open doors”… are we on the same page?

Tell all this to some churches in the Chicago area who have hired an architect to “beautify by securing” their church campuses.

I met a young, intense, fast-talking, energetic, in-demand architect from Chicago, at a Victor Allen’s coffee shop. She is currently working for fifteen different churches to “make sure that people who don’t belong, don’t try to take advantage of the church.” Without any apparent cognitive dissonance, my new friend joyfully shared her plans to “keep churches safe, secure, and visually appealing.”

What Dan Dick goes on to share is truly frightening. Read the entire op-ed piece @ the Door.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

6 responses to Good Grief

  1. It’s good to store treasures where thieves do not break in and destroy.

    That’s in the Bible.

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  2. There is little that leaves me speechless. This article did, and I think you are right that it is real. Amazing.

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  3. Brant,
    Too funny. Unlike the article.
    Erika,
    I’m rarely speechless, which is what gets me into lots of trouble. This Door article has me awfully close to not knowing what to say.
    I think a Napoleon Dynamite line would be best in response to these churches, “Idiots.”

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  4. Perfect response!

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  5. I’m not sure, but I don’t think those are really churches. They may carry the name, but they certainly do not carry the heart. There was another name for that … hmmm … what was it? oh … white-washed tombs.

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  6. Man, after reading that, I feel like I just got punched in the gut. That’s just horrifying.

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” (Matt 7:21-23)

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