I had to vacate my house for the night due to some remodeling being done. So I checked in to a Holiday Inn. While I was out walking my dogs one the biggest mainline churches began to ring out old hymn tunes. I was a block away and it hurt my ears. I went into my room and I could still hear the bills ringing.
If the bells bothered me, what do you think they do to an unchurched person who is already turned off by churches? I know what it does- it tries a further wedge between them and Churches.
Now the problem is 50 years ago when the bells were put into this church people were appreciative of the church ringing out. It was a sign the community was in good shape and surrounded with God’s love. Well, it’s no longer 1950 and those bells are offensive to most unchurched people and for those who aren’t bothered by the chimes, I need to ask you, Is your church growing?
Just thinking out loud.