Thursday, January 18, 2018

Journeys in Faith

Don’t take a vacation from God

For the first time in church history, the average “regular” American church attender is absent well over 50 percent of the time, but feels as though they are in church all the time (when they don’t have something else to do).
I am not judging anyone here, and I fully understand the issues in our community for shift work schedules and family vacation plans. However, I also believe in the gift that God has given us in the Sabbath rest. A Sabbath without God is a pseudo Sabbath.
What concerns me is that folks in the summer tend to drift away from God. In fact, it is quite easy to take a vacation from God, even though the Bible says to “stay connected to the Vine” because “apart from Him you can do nothing.” (John 15)
Yes, I also understand that God is in the mountains and you feel closer to God when you experience the beauty of the great outdoors. Go for it. I will go camping this summer and will no doubt have close moments with God next to some fishing stream.
But, I also remind you of the scripture that says, “Let us not grow weary of the habit of meeting together.” (Hebrews 10:25)
After a while it is easy to find an excuse to not go to church.
The NFL, hunting season, cold weather (or good weather), little league, camping, NASCAR. Before you know it, a year has passed and we wonder why God feels so far away.
Church isn’t a habit. Church isn’t a building. Church doesn’t get you to heaven. Church isn’t perfect (it’s a hospital for the sick). Church isn’t as exciting as a season finale of your favorite TV show.
Church isn’t always convenient – especially if you are trying to fit God into your schedule instead of vice-versa.
However, the church is the Bride of Christ and it is perilous to neglect Jesus’ spouse. We have 21 “Brides” in our county.
I challenge you to continue to worship God on a regular basis this summer. I don’t believe you will regret it.