In Praise of Fist Bumps

One of the worst places for sharing germs: Sunday worship.
Hypothetical: You watch a volunteer server at coffee hour pick the
donuts out of the box with his bare hands and place them
on the serving platter.
Would you then eat one of the donuts? No?
Why, then, would you shake that person’s hand?
Why would you pass the peace at church by shaking hands?
Those people coughed into their right hand before
you shook it.
Those people picked their nose with their right
hand before you shook it.
Those people picked a piece of breakfast bacon out of
their teeth with their right hand before
you shook it.
Those people went to the bathroom and didn’t
wash their hands before worship.
Those people didn’t get a flu shot.
Why are you just staring in disgust at the
fingered donuts on the serving platter?
Why don’t we all just do fist bumps
and eat donuts no one else has touched?
Try giving a fist bump during the
passing of the peace.
People will look at you as if you
think they just picked up a donut
and put it back on the platter,
licked their fingers and then
offered you their hand and maybe
they will during coffee
hour following worship.
Then what will you do? Pray?

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