Are You Attending Church?
Are you attending church? Over the years there has been an unfortunate change in the trend of church attendance. In no way am I defending the way that churches get people in their doors, but it makes sense why churches feel the need to provide a more “comfortable” church environment.
Here are some statistics regarding the church:
- The United States now ranks third (3rd) following China and India in the number of people who are not professing Christians; in other words, the U.S. is becoming an ever increasing “un-reached people group.”
- Every year, 2.7 million church members fall into inactivity. This translates into the realization that people are leaving the church.
These statistics are more than just concerning. They show that a few things are happening: (1) The church is failing at reaching the people (Which you can read more about here), (2) the church goers are finding new forms of “fellowship” and ignoring the fact that church is a priority, and (3) people are falling away from the church due to their lack of perseverance or “superficial” Christianity.
All of these trends seem to be happening simultaneously which is causing a never-ending wormhole of church decline in America.
What can we do?
…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
If you simply attend church you will probably see varying opinions on how often or when to go. I tend to say that if you are an older youth student, like myself, then you have a sea of younger kids looking up to you. As an example, you should attend youth events as well as main services. If you are older, join a life group or a fellowship group in addition to attending the main services. Build relationships and grow in your faith with other people. We are people made for relationships, so don’t neglect them.
Excuses are usually what kill people. You have to miss church once this month and in a few months it’s twice and so on and so on. This trend has a negative impact on your spiritual life; you are putting other things above gathering with other believers (even if you are missing church to fellowship with your close Christian friends). The devil wants to blind our ability to think clearly and walk on a path that is good and pleasing to the Lord.
Go to church and make it an utmost priority in your life. Jesus died on the cross for you, for goodness sake! Don’t take for granted the fact that we have churches on every corner because, even with that amenity, the USA is still 3rd in its statistics of people who do not confess Christianity.