‘Where Everybody Knows Your Name’
Pop culture often has a way of stealing the Gospel agenda.
The popular TV series “Cheers” lives on in syndication because of the loveable characters and witty dialogue and also the catchy opening song:
“Sometimes you wanna go
Where everybody knows your name,
And they’re always glad you came…”
We’re not recommending alcohol as a cure, by the way, or turning into Norm the bar-fly but most churches strive hard to rise to the task Jesus set, to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). He himself was accused of being a friend of the drinking set, “a friend of sinners” and he was condemned for that, remember? Maybe one reason Jesus hung out with sinners is because sometimes they were more fun than the righteous, or those who thought they were.
“Where everybody knows your name.” Not a bad motto for any group.
The church always has a job on its hands trying to get the balance between rejecting the values of the world (1 John 2:15-17), and showing God’s love to the world – John 3:16 and all that.
Here in GCMemphis we know it’s an uphill struggle. It’s not easy between being the Light of the World and not being overcome by the world.
Overall, across 59 years our Memphis congregation has endured because we are an inviting, open approachable people, welcoming people into our circle of concern, not inviting people to “the church” as such but inviting them to what Jesus was all about – the Kingdom of God.
We certainly don’t do it perfectly but we’ve lasted in Memphis because we try to share the gift of hospitality with those who come. Try it, you might like it – every Sunday morning at 10:30 in Bartlett Senior Center.