January 14, 2010

What kind of church goer are you? - Part 1

Do you grumble about getting up on Sunday? Do you put on the face of happiness and get your kids ready? Do you make sure your van is shiny before you go? Do you reluctantly walk through the church doors while wearing a huge smile on your face? Do you say some hello's and then make a beeline for the backrow because you think, "surely nobody will bother me back there." Do you then daydream through the sermon, thinking about football, work or taking a nap? Once the sermon is over, do you race to get your coats and then "get the hell" out of there?

I would contend, church is a BADGE for you. You go to church so you can tell other people you went to church. Maybe you want your wife to see you in church because it makes her "feel" better about your relationship. Maybe you want the pastor to see you in church because he will then think "that you care about the sermon." Maybe you go to church because you want your co-workers to think you are "holy" somehow. Maybe you go to church because you have a man-crush or woman-crush and want them to see you there. Somehow, you gain some sort of benefit from telling others you went to church?

Maybe, you tell people you go so they will just leave you alone.

"Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven." - Matthew 6:1

Admittedly, I've been there...and I still do it on occasion.

I don't know your reasons for coming to church, but I can guarentee that what you do AT church says a lot about how you define it. And if its a big part of your faith, it says a lot about where your faith lies.

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