I tend to weary of talking about church, why I’m not a regular attendee, and what I hope to do about it. I struggle with it all quite a bit and it’s a hard topic. Somedays I feel like a sub-par Christian because I don’t attend a church. Maybe I am.
I also cringe when my friends ask because I don’t have an answer that seems “acceptable.” They’ve been asking for four years about my church status whenever we get together and I can’t help but feel like I’ve failed or something.
But then I read a post over at jordoncooper.com about the church from a book called Resident Aliens. Here’s the beginning of a quote from the book:
“What we call “church” is too often a gathering of strangers who see the church as yet another “helping institution” to gratify further their individual desires.”
And JR posted on what he calls, “Bono Christians” at brokenstainedglass. I probably wouldn’t be interested in everything he’s up to these days at Calvary Church, but he’s asking the right questions and has been struggling with many of the same issues as myself.
What I really want to explore further is my motivation for attending church, the goal of attending church (God’s and my own and whether they clash), and my own expectations.
I don’t think we can take attendance at a traditional church as a given any more, but I also don’t think we can hang out on a limb without thinking through and acting on some alternative plan.