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Top Ten rudest things people do in church

This is from J. Lee Grady at Charisma News:  The top 10 rudest things people do in church: 1. Talking during a service. 2. Texting or surfing the web during a service. (One person mentioned seeing people playing video games on their phones.) 3. Sleeping—or snoring!—during a sermon. 4. Clipping fingernails during church. (I was amazed at how many people listed this offense. One person said his church’s sound technician clipped his nails routinely during the sermon, and it was amplified over the loud speaker.) 5. Answering a ringing phone in church. 6. Constantly getting up and leaving the auditorium, presumably to use the restroom. 7. Walking out of a service early, especially during a prayer. 8. Letting babies cry incessantly in the service. 9. Chewing or smacking gum. (One friend from Puerto Rico said he is particularly annoyed when people “chew gum like a goat.”) 10. Public display of affection. (One person complained about a man and wife who enjoy giving each other back rubs during worship.) Read more here.  Those were the most common replies. Other infractions mentioned in my unscientific poll included (1) “Pushing people to the floor while praying for them”; (2) “Saying ‘Amen’ 100 times during the sermon”; (3) “Taking change from the offering plate”; (4) “Swearing in church” (I didn’t ask for the details on that!); and (5) “Drinking beverages during the entire service.” But as I mused over these replies, I couldn’t help but wonder: What does God consider rude? Great question.  Look at the list above.  Which of this (all/none/some) do you think that God would consider rude? And is rudeness the same as sin? Add your comment below… Todd