Earlier this week lawngren commented about someone who criticized him for not going to “church”, claiming that believers should meet in a building. While fellowship with other believers is important, and so is corporate worship of the Lord, it’s not always possible to find a good church, and for many people, it’s not always possible to have Sundays free even for church. I know I used to have to work a lot of Sundays for many years- not all bosses are Christian.
Lawngren’s comment made me think about a few things, other than what I commented back to him. I have to wonder, there’s an old saying of calling folks “Saturday Night Baptists” (or any denomination really) where people get all dressed up for Church on Sundays, but act like the rest of the world every other day of the week.
I’ve known more than my share of folks like that, and I’m not proud to say I’ve acted like that in the past. So, going to church one day, or even 2 days a week means very little if your life doesn’t reflect how you act in church or why you go.
In years past when I’ve found myself in a good church, I enjoyed going as many times in the week as they had something going on. Sunday mornings, evening and Wednesdays were typical. Sometimes the message I learned Sunday morning would stay with me throughout the week and things were good. Other times, even with a good message, I’d lose that buoyant feeling first thing Monday when things went wrong at work. I used to wonder how nice it would be to get a fresh word and fellowship every day of the week so the times in between didn’t seem so hard.
Most churches these days don’t have much going on between their regularly scheduled services, and it’s not quite the same to listen to a good sermon on the radio, TV or over the internet. The sermons may be wonderful, but the fellowship and out loud corporate worship is missing.
The internet may be a swamp most days but it can be a great place too depending on what you’re looking for and what people use it for. I am grateful we’ve got a place that God’s blessed with folks who enjoy fellowship and worship together. We may not be face to face interacting, and we may not be in a building, but I know God is welcome here, and His Spirit is felt here whether we have scripture based articles and studies or not.
Once about 2000 years ago, a woman drawing water in Samaria spoke to Jesus about where to worship, saying, “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”
Jesus answered, “Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
As so much bad news happens daily around our world, it’s hard not to get frustrated, angry and sad by so much, and while ‘church’ isn’t meant to make life easier, fellowship and remembering the Lord is in control makes it easier to go through. As my pastor at our church reminds us, we need each other.
I know I’m not the only one who is encouraged every day here by having fellowship with others and praising the Lord for what He has done, continues to do and promises every day. I am grateful so many of you make every day feel like Sunday.