Many young adults are leaving the church by the droves. Growing up in the church as a preacher’s kid I fully understand why. All of the reasons have some merit. In this article I am going to approach this topic from a different angle. Why go, or not go, to church?
Here are some problem areas:
- Using religion or church as a facade for one’s problems, acting like everything is okay when it is not. It is acting religious or spiritual.
- Going to church without having a personal relationship with your Creator God.
- Thinking that going to church and being a Christian are one and the same thing. They are not at all.
- Having the belief that going to church or being religious is a way to earn one’s salvation. We are all saved by the grace of God, not by any “works” that we can do.
- Some churches are judgmental and legalistic.
- The fact is that some churches are boring and irrelevant.
Building block number 8 for getting life right the first time is to be involved in an exciting and relevant local church that teaches biblical truth. Go for the right reasons. Realize that no church is perfect (they are full of sinners). First and foremost, have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
This means a church where God is at work in the lives of people, and the church is functioning as it should. Go to a church where people are real and not hiding behind religion. Go to a church that is accepting of all people who may be different from them in color, culture, beliefs, dress, or even lifestyle. Don’t make the mistake that just because you have had a bad experience in church, that does not mean that all churches are like that. One of the main reasons why young people have left the church in mass numbers is that most churches are not meeting the needs of the poor and needy in their communities. There are many good and exciting churches that are teaching biblical truth and reaching out to the poor. You may have to shop around. Church should be an exciting place to be. Again, as I stated above, make sure you have a personal relationship with God. Then be actively involved in a church to worship God and have fellowship with other believers.
Foundational scripture verses:
Isaiah 29:13, James 1:26-27, Hebrews 10:25, and John 4:24
- At some point in your life did you stop attending church, and why?
- Do you believe that, in any way, you are using religion or church as a facade for your problems?
- Have you been exposed to religious legalism, and how has it affected you?
- Do you believe that you have talents and gifts that could be used in a local church?