The ABC’s of Poor Communication

“The spirit of the Lord speaks through me,
his word is upon my tongue.” – 
2 Samuel 23:2

Annie likes Brian, but he doesn’t know.

Brian’s unhappy, but won’t let it show.

Craig has a secret that he’s never told.

Darla’s just desperate for someone to hold.

Ely’s elated, but wears a blank stare.

Freddie believes that nobody would care.

Greg’s given up on relationship stuff.

Hosea shut down, when the world got too tough.

Irene is irate, but she won’t tell you why.

Joe is a “real man” — you won’t see him cry.

Kate won’t contribute, too scared to be heard.

Lou thinks that Love is a four-letter word.

Moira’s a fortress, prepared for attack

Ned talks about you behind your back.

Oliver learned long ago to be fake.

Pete can be open, but he’s taking a break.

Qadir lives in fear that his lover will leave.

Ross knows the truth — but no one would believe.

Sherry acts scary to push you away.

Terry says nothing, but wants you to stay.

Ursula talks, but won’t listen at all.

Violet is waiting for someone to call.

William stays quiet to blend with the crowd.

Xavier gets nervous and talks too loud.

Yvonne can’t share, ’cause she never learned how.

Zach won’t ask, but he needs help RIGHT NOW.

God gave you a mind and a voice and a heart,

If you’re not communicating…

Now’s a good time to start.

Have a great week,

Mitch


Have a Church and a Smile

Our Communications Team is looking for a new slogan for our church.  Something we can put on t-shirts and hats, something that gives people a glimpse of why church is important.   Here are a few I dug up.  See what you think:

  • “The Closest Thing To Home”
  • “Enjoy Life”
  • Church “is your kind of place”
  • “Where there’s <church> there’s hospitality”
  • “I’m lovin’ it”

You might not have recognized the first four, but I bet that last one rang a bell.   These are all slogans from McDonalds or Coca Cola from the past 100 years!

As I sat around the table at the Communications meeting last night, it dawned on me that McDonalds and Coke have stolen all the good church slogans.  “We Love To See You Smile”, “Coke adds life”,  “You deserve a break today”, “It’s the Real Thing”.   I could go on and on. So what’s the deal?  When Christians come up with slogans for their churches, are they “selling out” and acting like advertising companies?

I don’t think so.  Not at all.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Remember that great song “I’d like to Teach the World To Sing?” The first time I heard that was in church.  It wasn’t until years later that I found out it was a jingle for Coke.   What Coca Cola had done was to take all the feelings, importance, and meaning of a world in perfect harmony, and then attach them to a product — Coke!  When you see a car commercial on TV with the slogan “DRIVE = LOVE”, that’s somebody’s attempt to make you think that an automobile can make you feel love.

But that’s not true!  God is the source of Love.  We’ve been telling people that for millennia! God is the reason for hospitality and why the whole world will one day sing in harmony.  The reason churches do marketing is because we want to help people connect with the real “Real Thing”.  It’s not a misrepresentation, and it’s not a manipulation.  After all, “God” really does = “Love”.  

So we’ll keep working, looking for a few choice words that speak to what it feels like to be part of our church.   In the meantime, allow the words of this devotion to invite you to visit us for church this Sunday.

An added bonus?  This week we’re having communion!  Or as I like to call it…

Happy Meal.

Have a great week,

Mitch