Why Go to Church?
Like in a relationship with my spouse, the bond is created with time spent in each other's presence and conversation. Without that time together, we begin to fill in the blanks with our own interpretations of their thoughts. Misunderstandings are created with assigning wrong motivations for certain acts. Our insecurities grow, especially when we feel less valuable because other priorities take precedent over our time. Accusations and Fear and then bitterness...seep in and cracks in the bond begin to shake the foundation of a marriage.
If you are not spending personal time with God, does that concern you? Or are you OK with it?
There are no boxes to check to Salvation. You don't have to read your Bible 20 minutes a day and pray before you go to bed, or attend a Church building service to fulfill your duties that stamps you as a Christian.
But, if you are not even doing those small practices, then are you sure you are?
This God thing is not a Cultural Expectation way of belief where you grow up in the culture of church going and God-fearing and can mark your obituary as He/She was a Baptist. We can label ourselves as Christ follower but without really following Christ.
I am from the South so therefore I am a Bible-thumper because that is the way of life. Unfortunately, there are many who have a cultural belief in a system and not in a Savior. It is not a God, Country and Momma kinda mentality that reveals a true, Christian faith. For many will claim to be Christian, but Jesus will say He never knew them.
Oh, be wary of a belief that is shallow. Be warned that a confidence in a way of life is not truly the Way. Just because you say you are a Christian doesn't mean you are. You will claim a cultural passport to Heaven, but will lead to a life centered around yourself and as in Scripture, to destruction.
For me, religion is just a set of man rules, written to help us unite to learn and love our God...whichever one we choose to serve.
I do not serve a religion. Jesus is my God. My faith walk is not a set of rules, but a personal relationship, give and take of conversations, and a commitment to that bond in giving of my time and talents and intimate proximity.