Why go to church?


A church go-er wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. 

“I’ve gone to church for 30 years now” he wrote “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons.  But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them.  So I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”

This started a real controvery in the letters to the editor column, until someone wrote this clincher:

“I’ve been married for 30 years now.  In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals.  But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals.  But, I do know this … they all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work.  If my wife had not given me those meals, I would be physically dead today.  Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”

Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

12 Responses to Why go to church?

  1. TZ says:

    I love it when people can explain things that seem so obvious to some of us that we have no explaination to give….

  2. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Amy.

    tz — How nice to hear from you! That’s what I liked about this too.

  3. C. Beth says:

    That is a great way to look at it!

    Also, my husband and I were talking the other day about what determines our “moral code.” I said, “I think our moral code is determined less by our religious beliefs and more by our peers.” You see, we can claim to be Christians, but if we aren’t spending time with peers who encourage us to live according to Biblical principles it’s going to be really hard to act like Christians! So I agree that church is important because it nourishes us, and the fellowship aspect is part of that nourishment.

    Whew, sorry this comment is so long!

  4. Vicki says:

    Sandra, this is a great post! I’ve so enjoyed perusing your “holiday” posts! Your Christmas must have been wonderful! Your daughter and grandaughters are beautiful! May the Lord bless you and your family in the New Year! V.

  5. Margaret says:

    Great story Sandra! Very clever response, nourishment for the soul.

  6. C says:

    Hmmmm, this one is convicting. I have been a bit, shall we say, “petulant” about church. Life has been harder than I wanted the last couple of years, and I just sort of dropped out. Now that Mother in law cannot drive, I have been taking her to church. (nothing like God boxing you into something you don’t really want to do). It’s been good. And you are right…we need fellowship of other believers to keep us strengthened. C.

  7. Sandra says:

    Carla — I thought so too.

    Beth — Church is a little like basketball practice, isn’t it? You are “practicing” what you hope you are “preaching” to the rest of the world, on each other!

    Vicki — Thank you so much. As you know, DD is going through a divorce, so the happy times that we get to spend with her and the girls are all the more precious to all of us.

    Margaret — Yes, and as a little bonus, I bet that man who compared his wife’s cooking to food for the soul made some brownie points with her!

    C — I truly believe that the devil gives us lots of very reasonable excuses not to go to church, and, as you say, then God gently gives us compelling reasons why we SHOULD attend. In all that is going on in your life, I hope one bright spot for you is the wonderful relationship you have with all your family and friends, but especially your MIL. I know without a doubt that she counts you as a big blessing in her life.

    May God bless you and V and all those you love in many, wonderful ways in 2010!

  8. C says:

    I had to come back to say: I once heard Chuck Swindoll say that when people say to him, “I don’t go to church because I was MADE to go as a child,” his reply to them is, “Were you also MADE to brush your teeth?” I thought it was brilliant. C

  9. ElleBee says:

    Love this, Sandra! Thanks for sharing. C–that Chuck Swindoll comment is priceless!

  10. Sandra says:

    What a great analogy, C. I love Chuck Swindoll and the way he explains just about everything!

    LB — Your welcome. 🙂

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