This morning as we were getting ready for work, Beverly told me that at her pretreat for her trip to Africa she learned that in that culture it is taboo to point with your finger. You point with your lips. I tried to envision that -- but it seemed difficult. I even caught myself -- as I was shaving -- looking in the mirror and trying to point with my lips!
Isn't it interesting how different cultures view things so differently. A gesture that is considered in a positive way in American might be an insult in another. It almost makes going to another country scary.
Well, I've been thinking a lot lately about how uncomfortable it must be for a person of the world -- or even a new Christian -- to come into our church buildings. It's like entering an unknown culture. When do I sit? When do I stand? What can I say (or not say), and when? Do I keep my hands in my lap the whole time? It would not be unlike someone who grew up "in church" going to a bar or a men's club.
I pray that the Lord will give me more sensitivity to such people. How sad that a building -- intended for convenience and comfort -- could become such a daunting place.