Tuesday, January 18, 2011

20 Reasons Not to Go to Church

Looking for a reason to skip church on Sunday? My husband and I put together a list of twenty reasons. Maybe one of them will work for you.
  1. I went on Christmas and Easter.  Isn't that enough?
  2. I don't want to miss out on the doorbuster sales at Kohls.  I'll record the TV preacher to watch later.
  3. I'll just listen to the sermon online.
  4. I've seen that my kids are confirmed:  my job is done.
  5. I had words with Whats-Her-Name ... you know, that lady who sits in the back pew.
  6. I think the pastor is on vacation, so this week doesn't count.
  7. I'm running five minutes late.  I probably can't get my regular seat, so I might as well stay home.
  8. I work hard all week.  Weekends are my time.
  9. I can get the latest gossip from someone else.
  10. I need my sleep!  I stayed up until 2:00am watching an old movie, and I'll never be able to stay awake through the sermon.
  11. I might be asked to volunteer for something.
  12. I have to drag the kids there, because they won't want to go.
  13. I'll have to take the detour around the road construction, and that takes three extra minutes.
  14. I really didn't do anything that bad this week.
  15. I'm a sinner and I don't deserve to go.
  16. I'm having a bad hair day, my suit is at the dry cleaners', and I feel fat.
  17. I'll have to wait in a long line at the omelet station if I don't get to brunch early.
  18. I know God will forgive me.  That's His job, right?
  19. I've missed three weeks already. What's one more?
  20. I'll go again when more people go.  For some reason, there don't seem to be as many people there anymore.
Lest you think that I'm "holier than thou," I will tell you that we have used several of these reasons excuses.  In creating this post, we listed about 50--and it didn't take very long at all.  As I pared down the list and typed it up, one thing stood out:

Every one of these reasons starts with I:  I want, I need, I can, I will ....  But is it really all about me?  It's easy to get caught up in that way of thinking and lose focus.  Once that happens, it's easy to let it become a habit.  Is that the way I want to live?

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  1. Thanks for posting this!!! My husband & I were always church planters and we've heard them all.

    I think one of my favs was, "I got to cleaning out my garage, and just plumb forgot to stop and go to church!"

    On behalf of ministers everyone - Thank you!!!

  2. I have used those excuses too. The church we go to, I (again with the I) often feel like if I vanished know one would even notice. We've been there 2 years, I've served in the preschool class, my kids go to their class, yet I still feel like no one knows us. It's really difficult to want to go to church when you feel that way. Also, our kids get sick every time we go. It is horrible. So we have only gone a few times since September. I sometimes wonder if God really wants me there - it seems impossible some Sundays to even go. Not making excuses because I know that most of the time when I do go, its ok (except for the next few days when my kids all get sick..ugh) but sometimes it just feels like a daunting task to just go.

  3. Great post! :)

    It's sad that we sometimes make excuses, rather than take those 3 hours out of our week to worship and hear the word of God... we can be so selfish sometimes...

    What a wonderfully honest and thought-provoking post!! Thank you!!

  4. I've been there and done that! Some days I must drag myself out of bed but it's worth it! I know how Michelle feels if you don't feel connected it's hard to want to go. I've done the trying out of different churches. I've come to accept it's not going to be perfect so I can't use the excuse. I've learned my limits on volunteering :) and the lady that I don't care for I just sit at a different seat or now I go to the earlier service :) It's sometimes hard but I feel so much better when I go (I just have to remind myself that sometimes =D)

  5. You are so right when you said it all goes to me. If going to church isn't a priority - it won't happen.

  6. Guilty as charged! I really needed to read this post, thank you Melissa.

  7. So many of these are used so much. God doesn't want us to forsake the assembling of ourselves together though. So any excuse except for legitimate like sick or work shouldn't really be used. :)

  8. Wow, writing them out makes them look even worse than they sound

    Here's one we've had to fight the devil to put aside..."I've got so much to do, church wastes half the day!" As if going to church is more of a waste than anything else we might have spent that time on.

    One I hear from other people a lot is "I can worship anywhere, I don't have to be in church to love God."

  9. awesome post. I am following you from WFW. Hope you can follow back :)


  10. Thanks for the timeliness- we are having issues with parents not wanting to get up early and bring kids to Sunday School. We can't get them in church half the time either! I think everyone can relate!

  11. Great list, it is a shame many people use those excuses. We all need to remember to put Jesus 1st, Others second and Ourselves last. When we begin to put God first He will start to bless us beyond measure. I am visiting from ifellowship. Have a great weekend!

    Honoring The King

  12. thank you for this...
    i know that we have used them


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