“Why bother?”. “I don’t need to go to Church to love God”. “Church is just a bunch of hypocrites”. “They’re just going to ask me for money for some project”.
I have heard all of the above statements and so many more. If you have or do use any of the above statements or maybe even live by them as gospel, I implore you to just give me a moment.
I have grown up in a church family. If you know me, you probably already know that I am a cradle Anglican. I was raised in the Anglican Church and have been surrounded my entire life by some giants of the faith. The first was my Grandfather who was a Priest in the Anglican Church. I served at the altar by his side where I learned about God, the Holy Ghost, and knowing Jesus Christ on a personal level. This was an amazing foundation that my entire life has been built on. What I implore you to do, if you don’t already know, is to start now and to ensure that those in your family that you love and care for come to know truth as well. There is no better way to do this than to join a Church family.
What else can the world do to turn you and your family off to itself ? Hate, violence, broken homes and relationships, bitterness and the “Do what you gotta do to get ahead of the next guy” mentality. That is what the world is teaching our children. That is filth, garbage and is just utterly ridiculous. Sure, you can raise them to “be good”, but why not teach them the compass by which good measures against evil?
Do you have to go to Church to love God? No, you most certainly do not. Can you strengthen your knowledge of Him, be surrounded by a host of fellow believers, extended your friends and family beyond imaginable numbers and borders, be welcomed, nurtured and loved…yes you most certainly can. The only thing you need to know is that you are not alone. Every single person that has ever stepped foot into a Church on Earth is a failure. We all have a past, but praise God, we also have a future.
My wife and I attended Church when we lost our Son during pregnancy. What the world had to offer was a list of statistics that told us to seek counseling because 90% of all married couples divorced after this kind of loss. Our Church family loved us, prayed over us, grieved with us and celebrated with us when we were blessed to be pregnant again. Then the doctors told us that if my wife got pregnant again it could certainly end up in her death. Why would God do this? We had plans. We weren’t going to be stuck with just one child. Soon after, God blessed us again by asking us to take over the Youth Ministry at Church. Now, 16 years later, we have had thousands of kids in our life together.
What can a Church family do for you. I have no idea, and neither do you, but God knows.
Deacon Jason Bowden
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