this past weekend phillip and i made the relaxing sunday drive up to alpharetta for the 4:30 p.m. service at north point community church. we arrived just as the music was starting, so we wiggled our way through to the middle of a row to snag some chairs. a couple worship songs later we seated ourselves to listen to andy’s message.
about ten minutes in, i found myself distracted by an odd sound. i wasn’t sure if perhaps the audio was acting up in the auditorium or if it was just my imagination. the noise carried on for about another five minutes when i suddenly placed what it was: someone in the row behind us was eating! yes, that is as absurd as it sounds. i mean, when you’re hungry you gotta eat, but can it not wait until the program is finished?
i nudged phillip to get his attention and whispered as quietly as i could, “do you hear that sound? is someone eating in here?” he pondered the question for a moment and then very sneakily stole a glance behind himself. he leaned back in and answered, “the man behind us is actually chewing gum.”
WAT. his gum chewing was that loud, you ask? yes. i kid you not, it sounded like he was right behind my ear, flapping his mouth around all wide and open and everything as he smacked on that chewing gum. now, i don’t have anything against gum in general. i like to chew a stick when i need to quickly freshen my breath or need something to help keep me awake on a long drive. i totally get it, but to be chewing gum that loudly in such a quiet setting seemed unreal.
there’s a time and a place, and i like i said, even though i don’t necessarily have any qualms about chewing gum in church, at least have some manners about yourself and keep it down. after we identified what the disturbance was, i realized how distracting it had been and that i’d missed about five minutes of the message trying to locate it!
gum chewing may be a habit and may seem acceptable wherever, but if you must, i implore you to be aware of your surroundings and be considerate to those near you. i mean, that’s just how i feel. anyone else out there smell what i’m stepping in?