28 September 2012

This 'n' That

In our Sunday Best
Photo: Wikimedia
Is it possible that the tradition of attending church on Sunday morning is becoming more antiquated than we realize? Two Sundays ago, I returned home from church and a few errands and posed the question on Twitter: "Does anyone else get strange looks when running errands in church clothes?" The tweet elicited a couple of interesting responses. One person feigned shock at my failure to be "missional," while another follower asked if I wore a monk's robe to church.

By posing this question, I did not mean to imply that I wear extra-special or fancy clothes to show off. No, my church attire is the same as it once was Monday through Friday when I spent my days in a corporate office. Were I to don the same outfit at the grocery store at 5:30 pm on a Thursday, it would not elicit the same odd stares that it did on Sunday at noon. Why? Because I fear that the idea of spending one's Sunday morning in church is rapidly becoming extinct.

To be sure, the effect likely is not spread equally across all areas of this country, but let's face it, the degeneration of the visible church into just another social club has infiltrated the expectations of secular society. Unbelievers aren't blind. They know that our churches have become little more than weekend rock concerts with third-rate cover bands. They know that we've ramped up attendance on Saturday night so that we, too, can sleep in on Sunday morning and then go out to Sunday brunch in our flip flops and sweats. They know that we treat the worship of our Heavenly Father with as much respect as we treat a movie night with friends, if that.

I am not saying that if you don't wear your "Sunday best" then you aren't really saved. I'm not even saying that you shouldn't attend that Saturday night service. I am saying that the world is watching, and it is watching carefully. Lost, unsaved souls have no thoughts of attending church, but should they be shocked when they come to realize that Christians still do? We are imperfect ambassadors, but we are ambassadors of Christ nonetheless. If nothing else, this incident reminded me of that fact. Dear Christian, the world may look at you sideways, but remember that it is looking.

Okay, as I prepare for the backlash of comments from those who will completely miss the point and call me a Pharisee for not wearing jeans and flip flops to church, please enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Speaking of Trueman, he writes about the Christian and the "hyperconnectivity" of today's world.
  • Does it seem like the mainstream media has adopted Islam as America's religion? Ben Stein thinks so, too, and says that something is wrong about that.
  • This testimony from a former abortionist is graphic, but perhaps necessary to hear.
  • I never thought I'd say this, but I wish some evangelical churches would take a cue from this Catholic church and ban any 'spiritual yoga' classes in their church.
  • I Love Lucy still is earning big money for CBS. I don't care how many quirky gay characters you put on a show, you just can't beat clean, classic comedy.
  • Do you wear a cross around your neck? What does your atheist coworker wear?
  • Andy Williams passed away earlier this week. I remember him best for his rendition of It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. And yes, I've been tempted to turn on my Christmas music early in honor and memory of Mr. Williams (you may be happy to know that thus far I've resisted that temptation). Yes, I am that person who actually likes [good] Christmas music. Watch your comments; don't make me go all Matthew 7:1 on you.
  • Johnathan: The Man Who Would Not Be King:

3 comments:

  1. I love coffee. That's my weakness.

    lemme tell you a bit of my life story:

    We used to live in Panama Canal Zone in Central America and then my dad retired from the Army and moved here in the USA. Later after I graduated from High School -while one of my brothers was going through missionary training he had been in Costa Rica with a family there.

    Later we all decided to take a trip to our former home in Panama and on the way back to the states stopped for a week in Costa Rica to visit with the family there Steven knew. They grow coffee there and their coffee is Yummy. It is out of this world. The reason why is because it's fresh which preserves the natural bit of a sweetness to it.. It's the closest to tasting like it smells. I have never come across anything not even at starbucks that compares to this coffee.

    prosit~To all the coffee lovers out there

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  2. Erin, you might want to check out this weekend Gospel maceration from Harvest Bible Chapel by "dearest friend" of James MacDonald Craig Groeschel: http://bit.ly/LOqACy

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