This photo from my “The Mountain Gospel” post on For His Glory yesterday intrigued me for several reasons. Scroll below the photo and see what you think.
This looks like a whole family sitting on the front row. Looks to me like they got all dressed up in their Sunday-go-to-meetin’ best for the tent meeting. Dad’s even holding the toddler in his lap. Notice they’re all sitting on cold, hard metal chairs and probably will endure them for the whole evening. No nursery. No youth group. Just family. Gee, what a novel concept!
That doesn’t look like a sophisticated sound system to me. Do you think they had speakers on the tent walls for the folks sitting in the back? I know they didn’t have huge multi-screen monitors on the walls behind the evangelist either.
Look closely. Most of the men I could see wore suits and ties.Those weren’t sun dresses the ladies were wearing either. Keep in mind Summer was the primary season for tent revivals.
How in the world could those folks in the back of the tent hear anything? Yet, they filled up the tent and were probably happy just to get a seat.
The revival crowds in the 1930’s and 40’s put church audiences today to shame. These photos beg a few questions we might want to consider.
- When is the last time, guys, you wore a suit and tie to church?
- Ladies, when’s the last time you dressed in your Sunday best to go to Sunday service?
- When’s the last time you can remember sitting in a cold metal chair throughout an entire service (much less hours at a revival)?
- When’s the last time your teenagers sat with you in church?
- When’s the last time you can remember one of your small children sitting in your lap through an entire service without fidgeting, crying, complaining out loud or running up the aisle?