Some Christians in Albany excuse themselves from going to a Sunday church service for several reasons.
A man on South Pearl street said that he didn't like the way some people used him. He didn't want to be taken advantage of.
Another said she resented the judgment of others, even when doing known sins.
Some Christians have been wronged by pushy people, or by those who criticized, which kept them away from the church doors.
But could there be a deeper reason that keeps them away? People holding guilt will avoid others. Those involved in sinful lifestyles feel that others are condemning them, even if others don't know what is going on in their lives. What they don't realize is that it may be the Holy Spirit convicting them to turn from their sinful practices.
Some feel threatened by others in the church. And some churchgoers do have a habit of judging others that don't meet their expectations. But the only expectations we need to have are those set by the Lord according to the purpose and resources He gave us.
The Bible tells that Christians need one another. We are not separate individuals --- islands amongst ourselves, but a corporate body working together as one. Each person plays a role and has gifts, talents, and abilities that others in the body needs. And how dare us to think we are only hurting ourselves for not being part of a local body of believers. If absent, we are not able to share the purpose we have for others.
Hebrews 10:25 tells not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. It goes on to tell that we are to encourage one another, exhort, lift each other up, and share our testimonies and more so as we see the Day approaching. Those not desiring to be part of a fellowship should question their role as a believer.
Where will you attend this Sunday morning? If you don't already belong to a fellowship in Albany, why not visit one.