In the “Imaginary Homelands” author Salman Rushdie writes of one of the family traditions of his home:
“In our house, whenever anyone dropped a book, it was required to be not only picked up but also kissed, by way of apology for the act of clumsy disrespect. I was as careless and butterfingered as any child, and accordingly I kissed a large number of books. Devout households in India still contain persons in the habit of kissing holy books. But we kissed everything. We kissed dictionaries and atlases. We kissed novels and Superman comics. If I’d ever dropped the telephone directory, I’d probably have kissed that too.”
Good portion of our lives are summed up in what we choose to honor and what we choose to disrespect. The Bible pretty much identifies a profane person as one who takes that which is holy and makes it common or ordinary. When everything becomes common we become profane. We must keep a reverence about our places of worship and the things of God.