By B15m1lah. Chair. At Saturday, June 30th 2018, 03:34:37 AM.
As I reflected on this pastor's statement, a couple of thoughts came to my mind. One is that his statement was a very personal one that indicated a preference that was important to him and was a value I needed to honor. An additional thought though was about what actually makes a chair a "church chair". Here is an expansion on those thoughts with three observations as to what really is needed for a chair to be labeled a "church chair".
Let's start with the basic and obvious premise that for any business to survive, they must take in more dollars over a course of time than they expend. This is certainly true for a company that provides church chairs as well. There is an overall cost to obtaining chairs (either through manufacturing them or importing them) and then delivering them to the end user (churches across the country). The company must receive for their chairs an amount of money from their customers that will cover all of their expenses.
How is it that some church chair dealers can advertise and offer "Free Shipping" on the chairs they sell, at least to some areas of the country? After all, trucking rates nationally have skyrocketed in recent years with high fuel costs and increasing government regulation and expensive equipment all contributing to this trend. When a company advertises that they provide free shipping on church chairs purchased from them to many states, and subsidized shipping to most other states, HOW are they able to do so? Are we really to believe that there are those who enjoy incurring all the expenses associated with loading and unloading, and maintaining trucks, and paying $5.00 a gallon for diesel fuel in a truck that gets 5 miles a gallon, so that a church can receive FREE SHIPPING on their chairs?