In the Puritan days, sleeping and swearing during sermons were considered disrespect to the Minister that was preaching. Of course it didn't help that the Minister preached about hell and brimstone and was monotone. Also the pews in the church were uncomfortable and the backs were high up. When the Minister stepped up on his high podium that overlooked the congregation, he was able to see if people were paying attention or nodding off. In today's society if people nod off, or get distracted and start talking to the person next to them, the Minister doesn't say anything. Regarding early Puritan sermons, ministers have slacked off on enforcing the "no sleeping" rule. As time progressed they seemed to move toward the idea "if I get to at least one person in the congregation, I have done my job." Of course back then, if the Minister caught somebody sleeping, they would be punished severely and then after that they would be watched like a hawk. But now days, the Minister just ignores the distractions in the congregation even if it gets louder and more noticeable as I have seen in today's churches and congregations. The Puritans I guess just gave up as people started to move to other religions. But even then other religions have the same problem; paying attention in services. I myself am...
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... is does it make money for us. But there are some businesses that do seek blessings from churches and they thrive with profits that they don't know what to do with it.
In today's society, it is safe to say that people and businesses are starting to look back onto the Christian aspect and the Puritan morale behavior that we all should consider. There are boundaries to which a person should not pass and people are starting to realize that. People are starting to take interest in the churches and Ministers are starting to find ways to make service more enjoyable enough to stay awake. As most of us know we can not totally go back to the way of life in the Puritan era, because the society today has become too lenient and politics has become too strong to allow any thing like that to happen, but it would help if we consider some of their values in our society today.
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