The sitcom Cheers coincided with my years in high school and college. Cheers debuted in 1982 as I entered my final year of junior high school. The final episode of Cheers aired the week before I graduated college in 1992. While the content of this show did not glorify God, the theme song of Cheers struck a cord with my soul. The thought of finding a place where everyone knows your name inspired me to search for my own place, a church to call home.
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” Joshua 24:15.
Oddly enough, Match.com was founded in 1993, one year after Cheers went off the air. Apparently, trying to meet a significant other in a bar setting isn’t an ideal environment. Over the past 25 years, single individuals have turned to dating apps to meet the person of their dreams. While relationships do emerge from more traditional means, 40 million Americans annually use online dating services to find a soul mate.
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches, Proverbs 24:3-4.
Perhaps, it’s time for a Christian entrepreneur to develop an app that searches for a church to call home. Like a bad blind date, visiting the wrong church can fill souls with disappointment, frustration and loneliness. Christians want to find a place like the theme song from Cheers, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name.” This song written by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo illustrates an ideal place where you can relate to other people, sharing the burdens and troubles on your heart. I’m not sure what the future holds, but maybe God will put a person with a Computer Science background into my life to form an app that searches for a church to call home.
by Jay Mankus