A church or a mosque is one of the coolest places that many people visit at least once every weekend to get spiritual nourishment. In the place of worship, almost everyone is welcome, and few to no mosques or churches will discriminate against a person. It is here where everyone is welcome.
However, this doesn’t mean that you can just walk in with anything that you want. Some of these religious institutions have indicated some of the things that they expect their members to avoid bringing to the churches. These rules should also be adhered to by new members as well as first-time visitors. Therefore, to prevent getting glares from church or mosque members, you better leave the following items at home when you visit these places of worship:
You might be a police officer, or you work in the army, and you’ve decided to take a break from duty and have time to engage with God at your place of worship. You, as a result, decide to come to the church in your official attire together with other items such as guns, grenades, and many other weapons.
This is not a good idea though considering that you are going to be with peaceful people who are unlikely to cause mayhem. When you carry your gun and come dressed in your official forces uniform, you tend to create attention as many of the members will become drawn to you. Some may feel scared by the weapons that you are carrying while others are just distracted and keep thinking about you instead of listening to the preaching. On that note, it is good to leave guns together with other weapons at home when you are attending church or a mosque.
If you are a licensed gun holder and you probably feel that your life might be at risk when you are out in public, you can carry your gun to church or mosque, but do not expose it. Place it where no one will see it as you go about your worship or even leave the gun in your car.
It’s true that you can face a threat, especially if you are an influential person even inside the place of worship, but the chances of this happening are minimal. Therefore, keep weapons away from church or mosque and allow the other worshipers to go about their stuff without worrying about what is holstered on your waist.
Your mobile phone
You’ve probably heard someone’s phone ring when people are in a quiet moment in the church or mosque, especially during prayers. This is so distracting that many can barely focus on what is essential and find themselves drawn to the ringing phone. You need to spare your fellow worshippers this hectic by leaving your phone at home.
A church or mosque is considered to be a holy place where nobody should lead people away from God. By having a loudly ringing phone, you act as a detractor to many people. The best option is to leave it at home. Alternatively, you might consider switching it off while the service is in progress or put it on silent mode. This will enable you together with others to concentrate better on the service proceedings.
Young babies and toys
At times, some babies cry out so loud in the church that all people lose track of the preaching. Although it is not an entirely nice idea to leave your lovely baby at home when attending a church or mosque service, it might turn out to be the best option especially if the kid cries a lot. You can consider leaving the baby at home with a nanny or caretaker if you intend to stay in the church or mosque for an extended period. Most babies tend to get hungry within very short periods. As a result, many are highly likely to cry during the church service out of hunger, especially if it is long.
Also, for children who are old enough to start playing with toys, you shouldn’t carry the play items to the church or mosque. Instead, you need to train your kids to learn to concentrate while in the place of worship and avoid being playful during such a time.
It is undebatable that you love your pet so much that you never want it to be away from you at all times. However, you need to limit the affections when you are visiting a church or mosque. Although some of the religious denominations allow carrying of pets to the places of worship, it should be avoided at all costs. You can imagine how the service would look like if almost everyone brought their dog to the church or mosque.
It would be absolutely dramatic, and people would indeed struggle to concentrate on preaching and singing. Therefore, avoid carrying your pet to the church just in the same manner that you don’t take it when going to work. Your church or mosque ought to be granted the same respect as your place of work.
Your day of worship is, without a doubt, special. As such, you may want to put on your best dress or suit to match the high regard that you hold towards going to the church or mosque. As part of making it more glamorous, many apply strong perfumes to make them feel outstanding. However, you might not know that by doing so, you make it hard for other worshippers to concentrate.
Strong perfumes are distractive to many people, and they are known even to cause headaches as well as allergic reactions. You shouldn’t be the one causing discomfort to other church members. Therefore, apply little perfume or avoid using it altogether while attending the church or mosque. By leaving it out, you will unknowingly spare a considerable number from the hectic of struggling to concentrate as they battle with headaches and sneezing.
In conclusion, you need to make the church or mosque service as comfortable for the fellow believers as you would want them to make it for you. In that regard, avoid any of the above distractions and allow people to concentrate on sharing the word of God in worship and prayer.