Sunday, November 8, 2009
#92-The Early Approacher
The sermon is wrapping up. The preacher has asked you all to stand. He’s making his final comments and…what’s this? It appears conviction has settled upon the audience to such a great degree that one young chap can no longer wait. He goes for it. He slowly makes his stride toward the altar as the preacher continues. And then another. The another.
All the while you’re left standing in your pew pondering. “Do I go? Do I stay? Do I wait for the official call? I don’t want to look backslidden, but I don’t want to look over eager either. What to do, what to do.”
Such instances regularly occur at convocations where numerous church congregations are gathered together, but not necessarily in every church on and individual basis. The over-enthused young gentleman is not a novelty of every church, like the sleeper, but he does exist in one out of three, at least.
From whence does his charisma/enthusiasm come? Is it a desperate conviction laid forth by the Word that just went forth? Is he hoping to catch the gleaning eye of potential future mates in attendance? Is he slow? One may never know the reason for the early approacher’s early approach but we do know this: he, not the preacher, decides when the altar call will be, and this right is to be cherished.
(Side note: Joel said not to be too sarcastic or demeaning, as my humor tends to be quite confrontational, but I can’t help but ask the reason for the following:
WHY is there always one young lass who always lays down at the altar? Everyone else knees or stands but it seems there’s always one overly dramatic boy who can’t touch Heaven without his face three inches from hell. Maybe it’s just a local thing, but I’ve always wondered, because I never really have the desire to sprawl out on the floor, but maybe that’s just me. Any opinions?)