Within the past few years, I’ve noticed a lot of people my age irritated at the concept of “church.” I’m not talking about people who aren’t Christians, but people who follow Jesus. There has been a revolt against the idea of the capital C Church. The concept of a church led under one person with maybe a board of people behind him/her has seemingly become archaic. It seems that as social media becomes more of a necessity, the church becomes less of one. The idea of “community” in our society has been slowly picked away at the past couple of decades. Church is important, people, and I’m here to tell you why…
My intention with this post is not to throw daggers at anyone or to shame people. I will admit that I have had an easier time with church than others because I was raised loving church. It’s become a habit for me to get out of bed every Sunday morning and get ready for church. I mean, up until this past year, I spent the entire weekend there (yes… almost the whole Saturday and Sunday) and a couple days throughout the week. But as I was entering my senior year of college and I stopped interning at my church, it grew more difficult for me to understand why I needed to be there and this is where (I think) you’ll relate.
If you’re not serving at church that weekend, it’s easy to sleep in and miss the first service and then choose to watch online in your PJs instead. If you’ve had a busy week, you may just crave that one day of peace where you don’t have to leave your house. If you’re in a small group, you may use that as an excuse to not come physically to church on the weekends and just watch from your computer or TV instead. I’m not saying we don’t have those weekends. We just have to be careful to make those weekends a habit or a lifestyle.
I know that church politics may get frustrating. Just like anything ran by humans, your church will not be perfect. But Church is the body of Christ… the bride of Christ. Church helps us gain an understanding of the way Jesus loves and cares for us. It helps us to gain a new perspective and gain community in our lives. Yes, small groups do this. Yes, the Bible does this. Yes, watching sermons live does this. But to dwell in a place where miracles happen… that cannot be replaced.
There is a reason Jesus wanted to establish Church. Romans 10:17 says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word about Christ.” Church is not just a place for believers, but a place to bring those who are far from God, a place to serve God, and a place to join others in worshiping Him. Church is not for the perfect, is a place to come as you are. Each church is uniquely different in its mission or the way it is run, but only one thing truly matters… that they are preaching God’s Word.
I know it’s not always easy to get yourself (or your kids) ready for church. In order for us to take our relationship with God to the next step, we have to dedicate time out of our busy lives to truly focus on Him and His people. Give him the first of your week, and giving him the first of every day becomes easier. Focus on what church was truly meant to be: a community, a place to know God, and a place to serve Him. Don’t give up on the Church.