Over at MMI, one of my favorite blogs (actually, my totally favorite blog), Todd writes
How would you respond to this letter to the editor?
“I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 203,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”
Then Todd asks how we would respond. Here’s my take.
I agree. Going to church to listen to sermons is a total waste of time. Going to hear the music is a total waste of time. Going to church to see and be seen is a total waste of time and worse. Going to church because it’s the “thing to do” on Sunday is even worse. Going to church because my parents did is preposterous. Going to church for any of these reasons… total waste of time. I would recommend that this person stop going to church immediately.
It’s all useless. and pointless. Sleeping in on Sunday is better for you than any of those things.
Being part of a church to hear and explore God’s Word and put it into practice is life-sustaining. Being part of a church where the faithful gather to sing songs and hymns and psalms to the God who made everything is a joyful and wonderful way to live. Being part of a church where all are welcome to love God and love each other in real authentic community is being part of God’s mission in the world. It’s amazing. Being part of a church where, if your life turns into junk suddenly, there will be people around you who will lift you up, share God’s love in tangible (sometimes financial) ways, and when you’re on your feet you can do the same for someone else… is the best. Being part of a church where people’s lives are really and truly being changed and transformed by the Gospel of Christ, and more people want to know God because of it… that’s totally worth every bit of time you spend at it. Being in a true friendship, ongoing and two-way, with the God who is there is what life was designed for. I suggest you go and be part of that church. And serve. And love. And live. And lead. What a ride THAT will be!
And… it might be the church you “attend” now.
Stop going to church. Start being the church.
Whoever you are… it’s not too late.