As I stroll through the city of Houston going about my business I can’t help but notice the Smoke Shop industry is expanding. There used to be a handful of smoke shops but now they are everywhere. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a smoke shop. I saw one today, and it dawned on me that smoke shops and churches are different businesses but they have similar strategies.
The smoke shop is there for those who smoke weed and to accommodate them in those endeavors. The people already smoke and already know how to smoke, but the smoke shop can enhance their smoking experience. They offer “equipment.” They offer a supportive, welcoming atmosphere. And if you have any questions or need any assistance, there is someone there who can give you a lil insight – because the staff member smokes too and enjoys the equipment and the atmosphere and the “different levels.”
Well, the church is there for those who love and worship God. It is a place where they can worship. The people already know God and already have a relationship with Him, but church is an atmosphere that enhances their worship experience. If a person needs advice or counseling or guidance, there is a staff member who is able to assist him or her. That staff member can assist because he/she worships God too and takes advantage of the atmosphere and enjoys the different levels.
With that being said, if you don’t hate on the smoke shop…then don’t hate on the church. You feel me?