I have been wondering lately if we are in the last generation of church as we know it. The Bible is clear that God’s Church will remain but what about the tradition of meeting in a special building on Sunday? It sure seems kind of bleak when considering the decline in church attendance and the rise of so called atheists.
Let’s face it folks most people hate Christians including other Christians. We bicker and fight over EVERYTHING! No wonder we can’t get our neighbors to join us for Sunday service. Oh wait, most of us don’t even know our neighbors. After all our lives are too important to slow down and say “hi” to someone we don’t know.
Hey I get it that not everyone has an outgoing personality. I’ve had better conversation with my goldfish than some people I’ve met. The point is if we call ourselves Christians we should look and act differently. Why don’t we? Seriously, why are we not known for being different?
I’m not talking about living a life of perfection. Not even talking about being sinless. Today I have sinned. Good chance of sinning tomorrow. Next week will most likely have some more of the same. That does not negate God’s grace and my option to repent of sins. None of this makes a bit of difference to an unbeliever.
So the question I struggle with is are we in the last generation of the traditional church? Have we traded true worship of one true God for man-made tradition?
Rev. Burt Schwab