If you haven’t been keeping up with the Christian blogosphere this week, you may not know that there is a brouhaha raging. A bestselling Christian author posted a piece on his blog in which he explained why he doesn’t go to church. Can you say “firestorm”? There was such a backlash that he wrote a follow-up blog in which he tried to explain himself further and answer his critics.
I was itching to jump into the fray. (I’m stupid that way.) But reason has prevailed and I am simply going to list 10 reasons why I love going to church. Understand that there are more than 10, but I try to keep these entries brief.
Disclaimer: I know the phrase “going to church” isn’t technically accurate. The church is something we are, not someplace we go. So please don’t write me about that. I use the phrase because everyone understands what it means and it’s easier to type than “participate in corporate worship.”
Okay, here we go:
10. Everyone at church is flawed, so I fit right in.
9. I love being part of a long, meaningful tradition. As far back as the book of Acts, saved people met regularly to worship God together.
8. I think it’s cool that we sing together. From the gifted worship leader to the tone-deaf auto mechanic, we become one big choir. Where else would something like that happen?
7. I get to see many of the people I love the most in this world every time I go.
6. I like meeting new people. Occasionally, one of those new people becomes a close friend and my life is enriched exponentially.
5. I love seeing kids in the hallways, happily skipping to class and hugging their teachers. Little boys with their hair mussed and their shirttails half out and little girls all prim and proper. A generation from now they will be the ones getting hugged at the doors of their classrooms.
4. I love being a part of a light source for our community. People are stumbling in the darkness. Every week hurting, damaged people walk through church doors for the first time. Many are desperate. Some have tried everything else and are at the end of their rope. I love the opportunity that’s wrapped up in that!
3. Over time, I get to witness many amazing things, like changed hearts, mended relationships, redirected lives. God’s power is on display throughout the world, but make no mistake: you can really see it in the local church.
2. I love the Lord’s Supper. It compels me to shut everything out and bow before my heavenly Father. I’m not sure I would be disciplined enough to create a moment like that on a regular basis, if there were no such thing as communion…or if I didn’t go to church.
1. I love Jesus and worshiping him with other people who love him too just seems like the most natural thing in the world.
As I write these words, I am in Reno, Nevada. I’ve already googled the local churches and found Summit Christian Church. Looks like a great congregation. They will have a visitor from Florida this weekend. And I can’t wait to get back to my Poinciana Christian family next week.