1. "Oh." [Ignorance.] "Which one is that again?"I might be overreacting, but it seems safe to say this is not a good sign.
2. "Oh?" [Six degrees.] "Yeah, yeah, a guy we knew who lived down the street from my aunt said he went to a Church of Christ. Never been myself though."
3. "Oh..." [Knowledge + apprehension.] Either: "You're the ones who (hate women / think no one else is saved but you / sing without instruments), right?" or: "I actually left the Church some years ago."
4. "Oh!" [Delight.] "Me too!"
Thursday, August 18, 2011
On the Ways People Respond When I Say I Belong to the Churches of Christ
For some time I've noticed something peculiar. Especially outside of the South, though often there also, people seem to have approximately four responses to my answer that the ecclesial tradition which my wife and I belong to is "the churches of Christ." They are as follows: