Video Screens Opposed By Man Who Does Not Even Sing Hymns
Frank Davis grew up in church. His mom ran the food pantry. His father was a Sunday School superintendent. His grandparents helped start the church back in the early 1900s. He is 78 now. If there is anything he knows better than the factory job he had for 55 years, it is how church should be run. In fact, he has been on the local church board for the last 47 years.
So when the new pastor recently suggested that the church install video screens to enhance the overall ministry of the church, Davis felt he had to make his position known. "I'm not opposed to technology, but I don't think we should put the words of the songs up on the screen. There is nothing wrong with the hymnals we've been using for the last 50 years. I know what will happen. They will start by putting up songs from the hymnal. Then they will sneak in one of those songs that isn't in the hymnal. I know how it goes. Next thing you know, we are one of those 'Tomlin churches.'"
The irony is, "Brother Frank doesn't sing," according to fellow church member Jenny Wilcox. "He doesn't pick up a hymnal. He doesn't even mouth the words. He literally doesn't sing the songs, yet he is opposed to the screens because some people may not sing out of the hymnal. I just can't even. If you don't sing, what do you care about how we do the songs?"
The elder parishioner understands Wilcox's point of view, but offers this defense. "I admit. I don't sing. I never have. I don't even open the hymnal. That's not my gift. But I am a guardian of the church. I believe God has called me to protect the congregation. Someone has to make sure the church doesn't get 'jimmy-jogged' while everyone is worshiping."
[No one knows what 'jimmy-jogged' means, but the best we can guess, it means 'changed'.]