THE MALADY OF THE BACK PEWS
A bus driver was having trouble getting the passengers to move to the back of the bus; people kept crowding toward the front while seats were available in the rear. Finally, he stopped the bus and said very calmly: “I assure you that the rear of the bus will arrive at our destination at about the same tune as the front end does; so whenever you who are clogging the front of the bus move back and get settled, we will proceed on our journey.” Then he calmly sat down and waited. Finally, they decided it was better to cooperate, so they moved back and took their seats and the bus went on its way.
There is sort of a backward parallel compared with church goers. I have never figured out what it is that is wrong with the front seats. Why are our back seats clogged when there is room to spare up front? Is there some special honor to be the first one out of the building when the service is ended? If our people clogged the aisle when the service is over and would not get out themselves nor let anyone else out (and I have seen this condition at other places) I could understand people wanting to sit near the door; however, after the services are over, our people are very good about clearing the building. Everybody is out in just a few minutes, so that could not be the problem. I think perhaps it has just become a habit. We sit where we do just because we have always sat there. It might not even be convenient; we might not be able to see very well, or hear well what is being said, but we continue to sit on the back seats. We want everybody to be happy in our worship services, but if by a little adjustment we can all benefit, then we need to make those adjustments. If you have tried it and did not like it, that is one thing, but if you haven’t tried it, why not? Move up closer to the front and leave the back pews for late comers. If you sit up closer, you will be able to see the speaker with less distractions; you will, perhaps, hear better, and the front pews are just as comfortable as those in the rear. “Try it you’ll like it.” Perhaps.