I love bulletin bloopers, especially announcements that sound OK until you read them out loud.
For example, an oft-quoted church bulletin blooper described a ladies group collecting used clothes. The announcement said, “The ladies of the church have cast off clothes of every kind, and they may be seen in the church basement Friday afternoon.”
That blooper is funny because we know that the last thing you expect to see women do in church is “cast off” their clothes. After all, 1 Timothy 2:9 says, “the women are to dress themselves in modest clothing, with decency and good sense.”
Different churches have different opinions about what is appropriate clothing in church, but most would agree with the verse above. As a Christian T-shirt says, “Modest is hottest.” Unfortunately, this verse is forgotten by many churchgoers today.
A pastor in New Orleans who wants to remain anonymous (for reasons you will understand in a moment) said he was horrified at how some of the women in his church dress with so little clothing. They come in wearing these short skirts and when they sit down, the hem slides up to you-know-where. And the low necklines bothered him, too. He said, “I think sometimes I’m in Popeye’s Fried Chicken because all I can see are legs and thighs and breasts.”
As Hebrews 12:2 reminds us, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus. Especially in church.
Copyright 2008 by Bob Rogers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read this column each Thursday for a mix of religion and humor. For more “Holy Humor,” go to the Web page of First Baptist Church of Rincon at www.fbcrincon.com.