The other day as I drove home from Rogers, I noticed something rather odd...to me, anyway. As I was driving, I was looking at the beautiful fall colors and admiring the beauty of God’s creation.
Then came the oddity: 12 cents! 12 cents? What 12 cents? Well, that was the difference in price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at two stations probably less than a mile apart!
The stations were not the same company, but they were selling just plain old, ordinary, everyday gas (FYI, ethanol content was not a factor in the price).
This struck me as so incredible: why would anyone pay 12 cents/gallon more for the same thing? Why wouldn’t they drive a mile or so down the road and get the gas for 12 cents/gallon less?
Could it be that the station selling gas for 12 cents/gallon more is where their parents and grandparents have always bought gas? So that’s just where they always buy gas...they have never even thought about looking elsewhere.
Perhaps they don’t appreciate the savings potential. If your car holds 20 gallons, and you fill it up from close to empty, that’s a savings of $2.40. If you save that much each week over the course of a year, that’s $124.80...not chump change!
Or could it be that they are unaware that the other station exists? If they knew it was there, then they would go there and save...but they just don’t know about that other place.
That’s how many people look at churches. Some attend where they attend because their family has always attended there. Others are so comfortable that they really don’t care if their church is teaching what the Bible says: they are too comfortable to care about the difference.
Still others just don’t know that other churches exist or they see churches as all the same. They don’t see the difference...all of them do the same thing.
Unfortunately many in our brotherhood are trying to make us like everyone else. They see us in “competition” with every other church, so they say we have to change and be more like every other church.
I believe we need to stand in stark contrast to other churches. We need to stand out from every other church. When people look at us, they should see something different. They should see a group of people gathered together for the purpose of pleasing God, not man.
Do we stand out or do we blend in?