Do you remember the days when most everybody respected the church, the pastor or the Bible? Seems like a long time ago. You could pretty much count on the fact that when you went door knocking or spoke to a neighbor about church they would tell you they went to one or they really ought to get to church. They would even appear to feel guilty if they had been out of church for a while. Now if you ask someone about church it doesn’t seem to really matter to them. It is just another activity to choose from. No more important than anything else. Matter of fact staying home to watch their favorite football team or watching the Super Bowl is way more important than worshipping God. They don’t feel one bit guilty that they don’t go to church. People use to respect the Pastor/Minister/Priest/Rabbi. Now they don’t. They use to value their opinion and actually attempt to make changes in their life if they suggested some scriptures to apply to their lives. They use to respect church property. Now it is just another parking lot or building to make out in or graffiti up or steal things from. Really there used to be a fear of God. That is what was behind all the respect for God’s things. People use to be concerned about what God thought about them or fear what they might do to them if the persisted in their sins. Not anymore.
The habit of being in Church on Sunday morning and nights and Wednesday nights is gone. Matter fact is even hard to get people to turn out to social events. You would think with free food, fun activities and no Bible thumping people would be more tempted to turn out in record numbers for a social event before they would for Worship where they might get preached at. These issues really speak to the fact that even Christians do not really understand the importance of time with God, worshipping God, fellowshipping with other believers or truly showing love to and for God. They have let love for God be replaced with other things as priorities. We are reminded of why we need to be at church and with other Christians in Hebrews 10: 24-25.
24 And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, 25 not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
It is just common sense to realize that the less time we spend with God, the more our love will grow cold. No newly in love earthly couple can survive being apart for hardly five minutes. They call, text and spend lots of personal time together. They spend time getting to know each other intimately. They spend time showing each other how much they love one another. We are expected to have that first love with our God (Rev. 2: 3 – 5). We are told here in Hebrews 10 that it is important to spend time together in church to encourage one another and promote love and good works. Can’t do that if we are too busy shopping or watching football. The last part says we should be all the more importance in doing this as we see the “day” drawing near. That “day” is the day the Lord returns. The day our time ends for making a difference for Christ in this World for His Kingdom. We should all know just by looking around and common sense that we are drawing closer to that day as each day passes.
So W.I.S.E. is calling everyone to “Occupy” their churches. Stop putting other things over God. Let’s start an “Occupy Movement” amongst Christians at our churches. Let’s go back to our first love, God. Let’s go back to church and occupy it! What a testimony to our communities if every Christian Church was over flowing and building new ones because everyone attended regularly. That the cults and false churches would be empty because we had reached them for the Lord and they now attended the Christian churches. How glorified would the Lord be if the World saw Christians loving God and loving being with Him at church and loving each other as they fellowshipped together. So, let’s get going…let’s “Occupy Our Churches”.