A Saloon with High Standards

church saloon

The cartoon above was shared on the Internet Monk blog. It got me thinking. A church having an informal, conversational atmosphere, beverages, and even opportunities for karaoke seem to me to potentially be good things. Why can’t we combine that with high standards, not in the sense that we become rigid and dogmatic, but that we have a common commitment to personal integrity and social justice?

Would one good model for at least some churches be “a saloon with high standards”?