Why do you go to church?
I have been reading through the book Radical Together by David Platt over the last couple days and it is full of challenges that I feel any church should take the time to read through. Platt uses a humble and honest approach to really call into question the way we “do” church. Here is an excerpt from his book that I hope will speak to you as it did to me:
What if growing the church was never intended to depend upon creating a good performance with all the right people on the stage? Where did we get the idea that this was necessary? Certainly Scripture instructs us to gather for worship. This is nonnegotiable but not necessarily in the way we usually think about it.
Imagine being in a church on the other side of the world where it is illegal for the church to even exist. You wait until midnight, when everyone else in the village is asleep, to quietly leave your house. Under the cover of darkness, you sneak down winding roads and past silent houses, looking around every corner make sure no one is following you. You know that if you or anyone else from your church is caught, you may never see your home again. For that matter, you may never see the light of day again.
Yet you continue on until you round a bend, and there you see a small house with a faint light emanating from it. Checking one last time to make sure you have not been tailed, you slip inside. There you are greeted by a small band of brothers and sisters who have made the same long trek. As you look at their weary but expectant faces, you realize something: Not one of them has come because a great communicator has been scheduled to speak. Not one is present because a cool band is scheduled to play. No, all are there simply because they desire to gather with the people of God, and they are willing to risk their lives to be together.
Performance has nothing to do with it. People have everything to do with it. (taken from pages 58-59)
How could you handle that? Why are you going to church? Is it for the production? Or is it for the message of Jesus Christ and to hear the Gospel and the Word of God taught and also because you love fellow believers in Christ and long for fellowship with them? Would you go to church if this is what you had to do and with the possible cost being your very life? It’s not very convenient, but then again, being a Christian is never convenient.
This was such an encouragement and a challenge to me. It was a reminder of how well I have it here and I am so thankful for that. This was a challenge though to be praying all the harder for my brothers and sisters around the world.