Rule #1: No Coffee in the Sanctuary
There are different reasons why churches come up with this kind of rule. Maybe they are concern that the carpet or seats will get ruined by spilled coffee. Maybe it’s the false notion that eating or drinking in God’s house is irreverent. Maybe it’s the excuse that it is distracting to see others drink a cup of coffee in the house of God.
Whatever the reason, in my opinion – it is completely ridiculous. Would you feel the same if I brought a bottle of water into the sanctuary? Would you really be distracted if I took a sip of water from my water battle? I don’t really think so.
I am sure some of these folks mean well. They don’t want spills, distractions, irreverence etc… Like the 89-year-old woman in my congregation who consistently asks visitors and church members to take their coffee out of the sanctuary. Unfortunately, well-meaning people always act out of a misinformed, zeal without knowledge, religious spirit with no basis in the gospel.
Quite frankly, if you read the Bible well, you will see that our faith is a breaking bread kind of faith. It is a grab a cup of coffee, sit down, let’s listen to the master, kind of faith. It is a wait for the others, pass the bread and the cup and lets fellowship one with another.
Imagine a first time visitor being told, “you can’t take a cup of coffee into the sanctuary.” Or imagine him/her being asked to go out of the sanctuary to drink his/her cup of coffee? I would never return to that church, if that happens to me. That’s why little churches remain little.
It is time for churches to get rid of that rule and allow each person the freedom and personal conviction to make such a decision.
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