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Church: Why not go?

Photo of a church in Russia
Photo of a church in Russia

An online poll asked this question, "Why don't you go to church?" and found many of the same reasons that anyone who doesn't attend church would give.

  • Afraid of new situations.  Is that truly a valid reason for not attending church?  That all depends on one's own ability to deal with new situations.  Some like change and even become irritable due to lack of diversity.  On the other hand, there are those who are comfortable with the order in their lives and could have an aversion to new experiences.  If one avoids all new situations, however, how would one meet new friends, seek more advantageous employment or earn a higher level of education.  The answer, Philippians 4:6 (New International Version) 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

  • The Body is broken.  A truer statement has never been made.  Yes, the Body is broken.  Painfully so.  There is no perfect church because the church, the Body, is comprised of imperfect, sinful mankind.  In far too many cases, the church fails to function properly because she has lost her focus.  She focuses on earthly things rather than her Creator which has led to her current brokenness.  Jesus addressed this issue specifically in Matthew chapter nine, verses 11-13,11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"

    12On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." NIV

  • Christ is not the head.  Again, this is a tragic truth.  All too often, the pastor falls into the trap of using the pulpit as his own throne.  We must remember, however,  that the pastor is no less human than their congregants.  They struggle with the same sins that are common to all humankind.  The church where Christ is not the head is a dangerous place, for if Christ is not the head one must question, who is?  As damning as this particular sin sickness is, it sill is not a valid reason to avoid church.

Are we so naive to think that Christ, the intended head of the church, is not aware of the aliments that plague His Bride?  He is aware and He remains the answer, Hebrews 10:24-25 (New International Version) 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.


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