Growing up I loved the TV sitcom “Cheers.” It was definitely one of my favourites. The show was set in a bar in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals met to drink, relax, chat and have fun. This TV program showed us how all of us are longing to be accepted by others. This TV program showed us that no one wants to go through life alone.
One of my favourite aspects of the show was the theme song. It was catchy and I realize now that this theme song could be the theme song for the local church. Listen closely to the words of the song:
Isn’t the church the place where we should be known and welcomed by one another?
Isn’t the church the place where we know that our troubles are all the same?
Isn’t the church supposed to be the place where people can find a real solution to life’s difficulties and problems?
The sad fact is many people have been rejected by the “church”.
The sad fact is many people have had their problems scoffed at or minimized by the “church.”
It doesn’t have to be this way though!
As the church, the family of God, we are called to be a caring community.
We are called to be a community that loves people unconditionally.
We are called to be a community that helps people move forward in their journey.
We are called to be a community that will listen – really listen – to people’s hurts.
We are called to be a community that will point people to the greatest source of hope and life – Jesus Christ.
This is a community that I want to be a part of!
This is a community that I want to help foster!
What could be some other similarities between “Cheers” and the local church?