Is your church hazardous to your health?

"Hazardous Church" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Hazardous Church” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

If only some churches were this self-aware and explicit!

Actually, every church, every organization or institution, should have this warning. Whenever and wherever people gather, there can be things that are hazardous to your health.

I’ve been exposed to things that have been hazardous to my health in the church. The last time though it wasn’t that it was hazardous to my health, but it was preventing me from growing and getting even healthier than I was. So I had to move on.

What about you? Are there things going on in your church that are hazardous to your mental health, your intellectual growth, your emotional well-being, you spiritual journey?

Be honest. Take a full body scan and inventory.

Your total health is your right and responsibility.

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5 Responses

  1. Rhonda says:

    Love the new disclaimer just before the comments section! Thanks for the early morning chuckle.

  2. Better safe than sorry.

  3. Sabio Lantz says:

    David, sad thing is, whether cigarettes or other dangerous things — few people pay attention, yet alone stop to read like these folks are.

    Interestingly, you said, “Whenever and wherever people gather, there can be things that are hazardous to your health.”

    Your line there reminded me of where gMatthew made his Jesus say, “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (18:20)

    If gMatt had hung around longer, he may have been tempted to added, “But if you get more than seven gathering around spouting my name, a few of those guys will inevitably try to lead, rule, dominate, abuse and steal. So keep it small, folks!”

    How true though, whether it is a church community, a political community or others some people see groups as an opportunity for exploitation. While the sheeple in the group love the loss of identity and the illusion of guidance.

    People are funny creatures, but the genetics of our dangerous side run deep:
    See yesterday’s NYT article on Violent Chimps for “fun” reading.

  4. R Vogel says:

    @ Sabio – love the Matthew extended mix version! Spot on. I like to think Paul was saying something of that kind in describing the struggle against Principalities and Power – it wasn’t just an external struggle!

    That article creeped me out. I have a strange Chimp phobia. What they do to each other, and to people on a few well noted cases, gives me the willies. Perhaps we made the wrong choices keeping them and driving the poor Neanderthals into extinction….

  5. Sabio Lantz says:

    @ R Vogel,
    Hmmmmm, chimp-phobia — interesting. Instead, I find them fascinating.
    “We” made no choice, of course, our ancestors were very different from even us today. And the present theory seems to show that our ancestors mated with Neanderthals, so they are us.
    As for Chimps, they and us had a common ancestor unlike either of us — and it made no choice either.

    As for Paul — I’ve no idea what he was thinking. And, not really caring too much about Christian spin-doctors, I don’t really care much. Glad it stirred your interests though.