During times when I have not been at church, I made all kinds of excuses.
Excuses like: “I don’t need church,” “I’m a loner, like John the Baptist,” “I can watch church on TV and get the same message,” “Church people are so hypocritical.”
These are excuses, and not good ones. First, we all need church. It is a place to receive encouragement and assistance to help get us through this life.
No matter how much of a loner you are, God made you to be a social being. By design, we are parts of a whole, the body of Christ. How productive could we be if we were missing an arm or a hand. This isn’t a knock on the disabled, so don’t get sidetracked (advances in science has empowered the disabled to do incredible things, and the spirit God instilled in humans has left me in awe many times.)
Can TV provide the same message? Well, kinda…A message from God is the same message regardless of delivery method. Many recent televangelists have taken advantage of viewers by draining bank accounts and living lavish lifestyles. Even the most honest and faithful televangelists cannot provide the fellowship and connections attending church provides.
Are church people hypocritical? Unfortunately the answer is yes, they are. Being hypocritical is a human trait, and as the church is comprised of humans, they are hypocritical. This is a sin that those individuals must wrestle with, and if you aren’t helping them, you shouldn’t be hurting them.
This Sunday, find a church and visit. If you don’t know Christ, go learn more about Him. He is an awesome being and is so much more than what the Bible has to say about Him. He is a personal savior, and each person’s experience with Him is different.
If you do know Christ, I know He is calling you back to His body. Heed his call and go to church. Look around if you must to find your church home, but do find one. It will improve your life.
“Let 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.” – Hebrews 10:25
“…so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” – Romans 12:5