A man starting in the fish business hung out a sign, “Fresh Fish for Sale Today,” and invited his friends to the opening. They all congratulated him on his enterprise, but one suggested that his sign might be improved. Said he, “Why the ‘Today’? Of course it’s today, not yesterday or tomorrow.” So the fishmonger removed the word. Another said, “Why the ‘For Sale’? Everybody knows that, else why the store?” And off came the words. Another complained, “Why the word, ‘Fresh’? Your integrity guarantees every fish to be fresh.” Finally only “Fish” remained, but an objector said, “Why the sign? I smelled your fish two blocks away!”
The church that tries to satisfy everybody ends up by pleasing nobody. Put up your sign and stand by it!