Why Don’t We Go to Church?
Among the reasons people give for not being part of the church include:
- I feel like I am going through the motions of the ritual but I still don’t have Jesus in my life.
- The hierarchy and rules of the church are not relevant to my life.
- I am seeking spirituality in my life that the church does not fulfill for me.
- The church is more about politics and not about faith.
- I can still believe in God and pray without getting up Sunday morning to go to church.
- The people in church are not like me.
The common denominator in all these sentiments is that the church we have come to know does not always satisfy the hunger in our hearts for a more personal connection to Jesus, or make us feel that God loves us because we feel uncomfortable in the place He calls his house of worship, or ignite that passion that makes us feel embraced by unconditional love.
The truth is Jesus does not live in church and was turned off by the rules of the temple and the elders of the time, but instead of staying in bed and feeling sorry for himself He got up and went out to create places in the hearts of each person he touched, or healed or broke bread with that transformed their lives. He taught us that our faith not only sets us free but enables us to see that the “technically correct but completely useless” situations of our lives don’t have to be that way.