WOW , this is so controversial ! I thought this thread ( at least ) would not have to deal with C vs. A . I lived in South Korea for a number of years . I have not observed gum-chewing among the congregants . However , in the good ole' USofA I see jaws moving up and down like cows . It's odd to me . I am not only speaking of my church . Last Sunday I had to attend another because of a terrible accident . Yet the same thing was going on -- jowls-a-movin' due to chewing gum . I know some of you are thinking -- "Why is he so concerned about this insignificant , commonplace occurrence ? Why can't he just pay attention to the service and let the little things fade away at worship time ?" Perhaps I'm more aware of this phenomenon than most . But it does bother me . I think it is disrespectful ( even my Calvinist buddies may disagree with me here ) . Can't people chew at another time ? O , don't ask me about mints and chocolates and if they are more acceptable . And yes , I am glad that no one is using a spittoon . I do not think they were ever used in a house of worship in America's past -- although they were used in the House and Senate . I don't expect all serious replies . Jokes will be welcomed . But amidst it all -- I would like your feedback on the appropriateness of chewing gum ( and other sundry products ) while Church is in session . Hey , I thought of a funny line . " I draw the line Rip , at blowing bubbles in Church ."