So do I go to church to be with people of my own kind, my own clique?
That is, do I go to church to be with friends and neighbors who think just like me, dress like me, wear nice jewelry like me and my friends?
Do I go to church to feel somehow entertained by a preacher or singers who dazzle me and my friends with their talents, only to endure the prayers and confessions and Bible readings and such?
Do I go to read and study the Bible and hear the words and the Word that my like-minded friends and I want to hear together? Or do I go in willingness, even eagerness, to have my values challenged by the Bible and a sermon for the sake of honest-to-God spiritual growth?
Do I go to church mainly for me, so that I’ll feel loved and valued by others and have my needs met, or to grow in love for others, even those not of my “own kind?”
In short, is church all about me? Or who?
What about you? Why do you go to church?
“We who are strong,” Paul said, ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. For Christ did not please himself.” (Romans 15: 1-3a)