- Religion and Philosophy
Christianity Today and the Problems Faced by Modern Day Christians
What is the Value of Going to Church?
"I don't have to go to church"
"What matters is my relationship with God"
"The church is full of money-lovers"
"Sunday is my day off!"
"Why go to church when I can catch sermons on TV?"
"I don't like this church, that building, this preacher...."
I can go on and on and on about the responses I get when I ask people why they don't attend church services. Some of them are true and logical. For instance, what matters most is your personal relationship with God. Others are mere excuses like preferring to watch sermons from the comfort of your home instead of attending the actual sermon. Others are outright laziness "Sunday is my day off!" Really? Because going to church is taxing and laborious?
Why you Should Go to Church
Back to all that matters being your personal relationship with God. That is factual. But God Himself directs you to congregate with other believers. Hebrews 10:24-25 "Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near." (New Living Version) There is no addition of unless it’s your day off...neither does the Bible say you don't need fellowship as much as other Christians do.
So why do you need to go to church? It’s simple-to encourage and warn each other. These are trying times we're living in, and now, more than ever, it’s easy for a Christian to lose footing. Look at it this way: logs at a fire. More logs keep the fire burning. A single log won't last as much.
What the Bible Says about Going to Church
Need more reason to go to Church? Well, 1 Corinthians 12:12 "The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ." (NIV). All believers come together in the body of Christ.
You can read ahead to verses 14-23 "Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be?
If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour." To succeed in your spiritual journey, you need to be part of this unit.
The Bible also says that wherever 2 or 3 are gathered in His name, He'll be in the midst of them. So quit your insistent excuses and find yourself a Church this Sunday. It's more than just for the good of the church, but for your own personal good in your personal relationship with God.
Are you being Judgemental When you Try to Help Someone Escape Sin?
Ever find yourself in a position where you see someone in a sin, you want to help them, but you fear that you’ll be judging them? Then you remember reading somewhere in the Bible that you shouldn't judge others lest you will be judged. Or these quotes that keep popping up every day:
"Don't judge a person unless you've walked a mile in their shoes"
"Everyone has the right to make their own choice, carry their burdens"
"As long as it doesn't affect me why should I bother?"
Or this one that has been around since I was a kid :"Don't put your nose where it doesn't belong"
There is a worrying mentality in the world today. Christians know what is right and wrong but shy away from pointing out the difference to those around them. Well, God puts it to you concisely and clearly in Proverbs 27:5 "Better is open rebuke than hidden love."
The Difference Between Helping and Judging
When you judge a person, you automatically place yourself above them. You put yourself in a position superior to theirs. THAT is a sin. Judging others is a sin. But telling someone about their sin and pointing out the truth in love is an act of compassion. As long as your motive is compassion and love, you are doing it right. More so, you’re not speaking against the person, but against the sin itself. You're hating the sin and but loving the sinner. There is no law against this. Put yourself in the person’s shoes. If you strayed, you'd want someone to put you back on track right?
How should you Correct a Person?
Galatians 6:1 "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently."
The culture around us looks at it more as a struggle or weakness instead of calling a spade a spade and calling sin a sin. This is because culture looks at your image as a person and wants to make you feel as good as you can about yourself. Psychology tells you that they are not sins but 'things about you that others simply don't understand.' That's just it. Psychologists tell you what you want to hear. A true Christian will tell you what you need to hear.
After all, you can't turn from sin unless you own it, and confess it to God, and believe in the penance Jesus paid for your sin. Correct those around you will love and humility.