Don’t go to church? Cry me a river.

Ok, ok, here’s the thing, when you are “in Christ”, you have so many options available to choose from pertaining to your church attendance and unless you’re legitimately incapacitated or have a communicable disease, get to church. Excuses are lies you tell yourself so that it doesn’t have to be your fault. We know that – those of us being, ahem, “sharpened” by other Christians, and “enduring all things for the sake of the elect” (2 Timothy 2:10) and studying to show ourselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15), and not neglecting our meeting together, as some people do, but encouraging one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near (Hebrews 10:23). We are at church, figuring it out, and making it work. Even if you are a toenail in the body of Christ, you need to be present and accounted for.

People give the lamest reasons why they don’t go to church, have you ever noticed that? If you are a Christian and you don’t go to church, you are L.A.M.E. #sorrynotsorry. My eyes roll back into my head so far that I can see last Tuesday when I have to endure the litany of excuses ranging from “I don’t believe in organized religion” to “Churches are all about money” to “I went there for 6 months and nobody asked my name” to “They don’t have a youth program/Bible study/Life group/Kids’ church/snack time/second service” to “I haven’t found the right one” to “We can’t see eye to eye on dispensationalism/Post-Trib-Pre-Trib theology/speaking in tongues and how-can-two-walk-together-unless-they-agree”. Blah, blah. B.L.A.H. I hope you’re starting to get a sense of how I feel about this subject. I’m not usually vague about much.

Unless you’re legitimately incapacitated or have a communicable disease, get to church. Excuses are lies you tell yourself so that it doesn’t have to be your fault. We know that – those of us being, ahem, sharpened by other Christians, and “enduring all things for the sake of the elect” (2 Timothy 2:10) and studying to show ourselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15), and not neglecting our meeting together, as some people do, but encouraging one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near (Hebrews 10:23). We are at church, figuring it out, and making it work. Even if you are a toenail in the body of Christ, you need to be present and accounted for. Now, that being said…

Church is super annoying sometimes, I know that. I’m a pastor’s kid. I get it in a way that most people never will, so I will help you over the bumps and give you a heads up that at church you’ll experience the most irritating people on the planet. Imperfect. Weird. Cutthroat. Ignorant. Doubters. Carnal. Self-righteous. Prideful. Sinful. Sneaky. Fake. Lying… Oh wait. I lapsed into describing myself, sorry. You know why there are no perfect churches? Because there are no perfect people, of which you and I are just a few of many in a collective of people who, in spite of it all, love the Lord with all our hearts.

Here’s the thing about church: 

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