If you’re like most people I know, you probably agree with most of the reasons that I gave for not needing church. In fact, you probably have a few more reasons that could be added.
For years every time someone approached me about going to church my response was basically the same. I would blast them with my six reasons and then this “church person” would leave me alone. I found out that most “church people” had no good reply to my reasons of why I did not need church.
There was this one “church person” named Michele. Let me tell you about her. I had known Michele for four years and during that time she had always been faithfully attending church every Sunday. From time to time she would ask me to come and visit her church or to come and attend some special event or meeting that her church was sponsoring. I usually responded by telling her that I was busy or that I had forgotten. But she had to ask me one more time.
I didn’t want to hurt her feelings. Michele wasn’t what I considered to be your usual “church person.” She was cheerful, outgoing and most everybody seemed to enjoy being with her. But she just had to ask me one more time if I would like to visit her church.
I decided now was the time to blast her with my six reasons why I didn’t need church and then just like all the other “church people” she would leave me alone.
Much to my surprise, for everyone reason I gave her for not needing church, she agreed with me! As I went on down through my list she was agreeing with me that each reason was a good reason for not needing church.
I began to feel a little guilty. Personally, I didn’t need church but I never tried to talk someone who was going to church into quitting.
I had given her the first five reasons already so I thought, “Why not give her my last reason?” The church has never done anything for me.
Again, Michele agreed with me. Then she simply asked, “What about Jesus?”
No one had ever said that before. They would talk about their church or about all the programs that they offered.
“What about Jesus?” I asked.
Here is her reply. “Randy, every reason that you gave for not needing church is true. It is sad but often true. There are many people who attend church who act and talk one way on Sunday but live quite different the rest of the week.
It is also true that many churches seem to always be making appeals for money. This often happens because the majority of people do not obey God and support God’s work with their tithes.
It is also true that there are some churches who feel that only they are right. While some people stress the differences, most churches agree on about 98% of the fundamentals of the Christian faith. The Christian church as a whole has agreed upon the inspired most charitable endeavors that are currently being done today.
I am sure that it is also true that no local church has ever done anything for you. But I want you to know, Jesus has!
You see the true Church, according to God’s Word, is not a building, and organization, or even a denomination. The true Church is made up of people who have admitted that they have sinned and have asked Jesus to be Lord and Savior of their life. These people are not perfect and they still make mistakes but
After this, all my reasons, my excuses were no longer that important. This time I wasn’t turning away from a church. I had just been introduced to Jesus.
Deep in my heart I knew that only Jesus could fill that void that was in my life.
What about you? After you list all your reasons, then answer this, “What about Jesus?”