Posted by: Bob Clark | April 14, 2011

Laundromat Bans Dirty Laundry

News outlets recently published a story with the headline above.

The owner of a laundromat actually posted signs banning dirty clothes in his establishment. To make matters more interesting, he also owns a car wash where he banned dirty trucks.

Why? People who had been his loyal customers for 15 or 20 years were tired of dealing with the messes left behind in the laundromat and the car wash by some of the new customers.

Churches don’t usually put up signs banning messy people. They don’t have to. Ministers and members can communicate the message without posting a sign.

“No messy people allowed.”

Why? The messes left behind by some of the new prospective members are just too much to deal with. The members who have been loyal for 15 or 20 years are offended.

Or…the leaders decide that new prospective members will never find their church attractive as long as the messy members are allowed to stay around, even if they have been around for 15 or 20 years.

Imagine a church where messy people are welcomed with open arms.

 

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Responses

  1. Dear Bob,

    I feel that this “clean only” philosophy is all too common. I, for one, am humbled every week to assemble with a rather messy bunch. They have tolerated my messed-upness and I theirs and together we are allowing Jesus to clean and cleanse.

    I have said it many times: You are not too bad to come in and you are not too good to stay out.

    Good memories of you and your family from Tennessee days. Pray you are finding God’s blessing in Missouri.

    -Will


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