Why would ANYONE want to go to church?
by Michael K. Reynolds
It’s Sunday morning. You’re awakened by beams of light spilling through your blinds. Rising up, you tie on your bathrobe, walk out the front door to fetch your newspaper when you see the most remarkable sight across the street.
It’s those Andersons again. Dad, Mom hurrying the three little ones into their minivan, en route to their weekly shindig with their Holy Rolling friends. So again you ask yourself something perfectly reasonable: Why would ANYONE want to go to church?
And that, my friend, is a good question.
After all, you’ve been there and done it. You’ve got some compelling reasons to give the whole church thing a pass:
- You’d rather sleep in.
- You’ve got better things to do with your Sundays.
- You’ve had bad experiences with church in the past.
- It’s boring.
- The place is full of weird people.
- They just want your money.
- They speak in a churchy language you don’t get.
- You don’t want to be judged by THOSE people.
- Who would want YOU at their church.
- The Andersons aren’t so perfect.
These are valid points. If you end up in the wrong church the experience can be negative enough to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, there are many instances of churches behaving badly. Even if you go to the right church, it will have its fill of embarrassing moments. This is because both the good ones and the not so good ones are filled with imperfect people. Sadly, many Christian churches are awkward and clumsy when it comes to welcoming new people.
But before you give up on the concept altogether, you really ought to consider some of the reasons WHY people do go to church. Because if you’re not part of a good congregation, you and your family are missing out on many of the sweeter things of life…
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