What Are You, An Usher or A Bouncer? 


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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘usher’? Mine would be someone who welcomes me into a venue and ensures I’m comfortably seated. What about the word, ‘bouncer’? The mental I have is that of a huge guy standing at the entrance of a party or nightclub with a look that says, ‘don’t even try.’ The former shows you in, the latter keeps or drives you out when it comes to it.

So one might ask, how one with a welcoming, warm and smiling look double play the part of one with a cold and uninviting outlook? Well, welcome to today’s church.

Pastors (or should I say some of them) keep drumming into our ears to ‘go into the world and rescue the perishing’ for the end of the world is nigh. We are encouraged to invite at least one person to church and show him the love of Christ. It is our responsibility to ensure that heaven is densely populated and hell is depopulated. 

We clap loudly when visitors introduce themselves to the congregation and express interest to join as members. Most people are eager to shake hands with them and welcome them to the fold, telling them that they have come to the right place. We take their numbers and promise to be in touch. After all, it’s fellowship, right?

It is an indisputable fact that the members of every church have varying levels of maturity in Christ. Not necessarily by age or how long they claim to have accepted Christ into their lives, but by how their lives are constantly being renewed by knowing Him. Some members are newly-born babies, some others are babies who have refused to grow, there are those with stunted growth, those who keep backsliding and falling back in line, those growing steadily and those who have really matured. It takes wisdom to nurture each category of believer to grow and be fruitful.

But it looks like when the pastors and the evangelism team are doing their best to bring people in to fill in the pews, there are some members who have taken it upon themselves to drive them out because they don’t ‘belong.’ They don’t dress the part and talk with scriptures laced up in their words. I call them the church ‘bouncers.’

The church isn’t the haven for the perfect; it is the refuge for the broken and messed up. And like every ailment, each patient responds to treatment differently. Some people heal rapidly; others do so slowly. It is not ethical for a doctor to rush a patient’s treatment because he thinks it is taking too long. His job is to administer the drug and hope for the best. Same way, the self-acclaimed ‘saints’ shouldn’t determine the pace at which someone grows. Ours is to plant and water; only God can do the growing. 

It is indeed sad that some people have left church because a comment a fellow member passed about them. It is our job as Christians to usher them into God’s kingdom and not join the demons in driving them out. Just like our parents would discipline us when we did wrong but still love us as their own, we should learn how to rebuke in love and help them get back on track instead of pushing them out. Jesus came to die for them for crying out loud. Who are you to say he/she is not welcome?

What are you, an usher or a bouncer?
© Josephine Amoako 2016

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. gracelarbi says:

    USHER through and through…God forgive the bouncing times…lol.

    Good one there!!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Lol… God forgive us all. Thanks for reading, Grace. ☺

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  2. McApple says:

    Jesus is an usher…not a bouncer. We should strive to be too.
    Makes a good read.
    Thumbs up!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Exactly, he is! 👏 thanks for reading

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  3. Ganzymalgwi says:

    This post is timely.
    I found myself asking me if am an usher or bouncer.
    God bless you and give you more Wisdom.

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  4. This is a really nice thought, and nicely written. I’m wondering if you know there are sermon-databases you could add it to to get it more attention. (I don’t know what or whether they pay.)

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Oh I see. Don’t see it as a sermon though. Thanks for letting me know.

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  5. God bless you dear.

    We pray for grace.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes we do. Thanks for reading, Clement

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  6. Kewrites says:

    May we all be ushers! Thanks Jo for this word!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Amen! God bless you for reading 🙏

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  7. Great contrast and hopefully many churches will consider it before they say anything too sarcastic of the folks who attend at Christmas and not the rest of the year. They needs ushering.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Lol… Yes, they do. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts ☺

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  8. Papberry says:

    A very disturbing truth!
    Well said my dear, indeed we cannot become bouncers when Christ Himself has ushered people into His presence.
    So not right!!

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  9. A nice one Josephine. Well done!

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  10. lionsden17 says:

    Hey Josephine, Well done! I think there was one time when Jesus had to drive out those bouncers. That was when he had to put the Sadducees and Pharisees in there place because they were making the Lord’s house a place for robbers to prosper instead of a place for them to be redeemed. Luke 19:45-46 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6: 12

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Oh yes! You’re right. Jesus Himself is an usher. God bless you for sharing your insight. ☺

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  11. VennRhymes says:

    I am an usher but I need to up my game. I’m sharing this right now

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    1. joseyphina says:

      We all need to up our game. Thanks for reading, Venn☺

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  12. D'Dream says:

    This is awesome! I had wanted to write about this but you did justice to it credibly.
    seriously I’m appalled at members attitudes that drives other members of the fold through gossiping and other irrelevant engagement and practises. It pains me to see someone outrightly leave a church or backsliding because of the pull down practise of fellow members.
    I will leave with a scripture that says ” He that gather with me is my friend and he that scattered my sheep has not known me”
    We Christians should be very careful about our conducts because if a brother or a sister backslid or unfortunately goes to hell, his /her blood will be on the head of such Christian.
    thanks Josephyina for sharing. God continue to bless you

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    1. joseyphina says:

      God bless you too for reading and sharing your insight. Much appreciated ☺

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  13. Elorm Yankah says:

    Very interesting read Josephine. Indeed, who are we to judge others and determine who’s welcome/not welcome?

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    1. joseyphina says:

      My point exactly, Elorm. Thanks for reading. Hope you are good ☺

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      1. Elorm Yankah says:

        Yup I am. Hope you are well too!

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      2. joseyphina says:

        Yes I am by God’s grace ☺

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      3. Elorm Yankah says:

        Good to know 😊

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