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Monday, November 22, 2010

Behind the Uniform

As we walk through the church doors, we’re always greeted with the same question, “How are you today?” When churches ask that question, do they really want to know? Some churches would say “yes”; unfortunately, some churches would say “no.” Truthfully, people probably won’t be honest. They say, “I’m fine, how are you?” but they walk away thinking, “Can’t you tell I’m not?”

Churches aren’t the only ones who neglect to be “real.” Recently, commercial pilots around the country were surveyed to see what they thought about air travel and the passengers they transport. These were just a few of my favorite responses:

1) “Some FAA rules don’t make sense to us either. Like the fact that when we’re at 39,000 feet going 400 miles per hour, in a plane that could hit turbulence at any minute, flight attendants can walk around and serve hot coffee. But when we’re on the ground on a flat piece of asphalt going five to ten miles per hour, they’ve got to be buckled in like they’re at NASCAR”

2) “Please don’t complain to me about your lost bags or the rotten service. I simply fly the plane, and my retirement was taken to subsidize your $59 airfare!”

3) “We don’t make you stow your laptop because we’re worried about electronic interference. It’s about having a projectile on your lap. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to get hit in the head by a MacBook going 200 miles per hour!”

4) “Passengers want their pilots to be rested and ready, but the truth is we’re exhausted. The hotels they put us in are in bad neighborhoods, they’re loud, they’ve got bedbugs, and there have been stabbings in the parking lot. Our work allows us to be on duty for 16 hours without a break. That’s more hours than a truck driver. And unlike a truck driver, who can pull over at the next rest stop, we can’t pull over at the next cloud.”

Did you realize that’s what pilots felt? Behind the Uniform, they’re much different than we think!

If the church really is a body, working as a unit, connected by the blood of Jesus, let’s do more than casually ask, “How are you?” Let’s say, “We want to help and know you better!” Get behind the “Sunday Best Uniform” and GET REAL!