With all the talk about churches meeting in bars, and Bible studies over beer, ABC has an interesting story about a Christian couple who tried to turn an English pub into, well, a pub. But with no swearing, gambling, darts or other “pub-like” behavior. Patrons hated it, and the owners fired the couple.
Which brings me to a thought — maybe bars and Bibles don’t mix. Don’t get me wrong, I think we ought to reach out and engage folks wherever we can. But there is a basic incompatibility with the barlife and the Christian life. People go to bars to drink, smoke, gamble (pool, liar’s poker, sports, etc), and let their hair down. Last time I checked, this is not what we do at church.
Granted, we might draw a bigger crowd at church if we had a few cold ones on ice, but the point of church is not to draw a crowd. If we just want to draw a crowd, there are lots of things we could do. But I’m thinking, we ought to leave the bar business to the bars. After all, Jesus promised living water, not a cold Sam Adams.