The other day Jessie and I were discussing various aspects of ministry and things we could write about here. There was one thing we talked about, (mostly me as it drives me nuts) that interrupts our time during church the most. What that might be you ask, well could it be people getting up to go to the bathroom? No. How about people falling asleep? No. How about people talking while you are preaching, not so much. What about kids running around and being noise? No. Ok, is the suspense killing you yet? It is a sneeze! A sneeze you ask? Yes that is correct, a sneeze. It is something I have grown to hate in our time together as a church. Not so much the sneeze itself, but what comes afterwards is what really gets me. The fact that other people will say "salud' which translated literally means health. But in this context it is more like saying bless you. While I am preaching someone will sneeze, and multiple people will reply by saying "salud" totally breaking my focus and flow of my sermon. Also imagine if your praying and then someone interrupts your prayer by saying salud very loudly. I am identifying this as being a cultural difference here. But as a missionary, this things are a common to deal with it. I know that this is my American cultural norm to ignore it and not even acknowledge that someone sneezed. The things we find that annoy us just being in a different a culture. Welcome to cultural differences 101.
8/24/2014 10:56:55 am
I think culture and our differences mingle and not very well at times. We adapt, and so should everyone else. More so, you all to Mexico more, but all need to adapt to the culture of Christ and his church, and the sacredness of the congregational meeting corporate. We have entered the presence and holiness of God's presence...
8/24/2014 10:58:04 am
Creo que la cultura y nuestras diferencias mezclo y no muy bien a veces. Nos adaptamos, y así deben todos los demás. Más aún, a todos ustedes a México más, pero todo tiene que adaptarse a la cultura de Cristo y de su iglesia, y el carácter sagrado de la persona jurídica reunión congregacional. Hemos entrado en la presencia y la santidad de la presencia de Dios ...
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