I read a sour post this morning entitled, “The Selfishness of Skipping Church.” It was written by a pastor, a young buck, and it was harsh.
There is a great line in the movie “Remember the Titans” about attitude reflecting leadership, and it makes me wonder whether the problem with church attendance lies there.
As I read, I thought that perhaps some are skipping his church because they are browbeaten at work Monday through Friday and they don’t want to be browbeaten on Sunday, too.
He said skippers are selfish because they aren’t serving. Sometimes I skip so that I can serve. As a female in a Baptist church, I wasn’t allowed to use my gifts for the benefit of the church. I was relegated to the pews Sunday after Sunday, giving audience to those who had far less Bible knowledge and far less leadership training but far more testosterone.
So I’d get antsy and skip. I’d find the bright places, where boom bands are playing.
Who wants to be called a selfish sinner in church when they can be out on the streets of Detroit offering a plate of food and a few minutes of conversation and dignity to a homeless man?
My grandma used to say, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”
Yes you do, young buck, yes you do.