Rude Christians

July 30, 2007

Recently I noted the problem of the rude Christians who interrupted a prayer in the U.S. Senate. Unfortunately, such outrageous heckling behavior was not limited to that one incident. Operation Rescue recently put out a press release complaining that a couple of ministers were arrested for disrupting a church service. The church was having its Sunday communion service when one of the men went to a microphone and starting loudly reading from Isaiah. After he had been removed from the church, the second man went up to receive communion but rejected it. He was also removed from the church as he offered his diatribe against the church. The two men were arrested on the appropriate charge of "rude and indecent behavior in a place of worship" (I didn't know such a charge existed but a lot of preachers could be in trouble if the letter of the law was enforced!).

So why did the men act this way? They targeted the church because an abortion doctor is a member there. I get the fact that they wanted to protest abortion, but how does disrupting a church service accomplish that? I suspect that many members of that church--who are the victims as their worship experience was ruined--are pro-life. Somehow I do not think that the Christian calling is to disrupt Christian church services. Are they planning now to go and interrupt the communion services of every church that has a sinner in its midst? God is pleased when people come together for worship and communion, so how must God feel when someone disrupts that?