Sitting in the Back…

sitting in churchRecently, my wife and I were reading a book together, Jumping Through Fires, by David Nasser. As a high school student, David, a Muslim, had absolutely no experience in a Christian church. When some friends invited him to visit their church, they were hoping the Lord would draw David to Himself through the service. But David’s personality was a little over the edge even for them; they didn’t really want to hang around with him. So, as the service was about to begin, he found himself alone.

“I happened to be near the stage and grabbed a chair in the front row. As the crowd all settled in and the noise died down, I noticed a very weird thing. The whole place was packed, except for the first two rows. I was sitting down front completely alone, surrounded by empty chairs. In most places, the audience wants to be as close to the stage as possible. If whatever was about to happen was so good, why did people want to sit so far away from it? What had I gotten myself into?” [David Nasser, Jumping Through Fires, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, ©2009, pg. 70]

Here is a guy with no preconceived ideas about what should happen, and he’s thinking, This must be really bad, or at least boring, because they’re all sitting in the back.

What an amazing observation!

Does sitting in the back mean we’re disinterested? Does where we sit reflect an attitude of complacency in our heart? Of course, it may not, but if it does, maybe — just maybe — it’s time to move up.

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2 Responses to Sitting in the Back…

  1. Beck Gambill says:

    Things that make you go hmmmm! I love sitting in the very front and I’ve wondered the same thing before. Why does everyone else seem to be in the back? Is it for an easy exit if things get too weird, boring, or long? In our current church I’m afraid it’s a reflection of predictability and disinterest.

  2. Karen says:

    I think for SOME people, where they sit is an indication of how involved they want to be. I”ve heard more visitors say they just want to slip in, be invisible, and be able to slip out. Can’t do much about that. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why other people (regular attenders) HAVE to sit in the same place – just easy, I guess. I sit at the front because I don’t want to see all the commotion behind me 🙂 But I know some very “engaged” people who sit at the back of our church.

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