Why go to church?
ASBO Jesus does it again.
Why do you go to church? What do you say when asked? Frankly, our collective failure to be able to answer this question in a compelling way is the reason why the Episcopal Church as an institution is circling the drain. What would be a good answer?
Here’s my personal favorite: “My salvation depends upon it.” Yes, Jesus Christ is the source of our salvation in that he is our Redeemer and our Savior. I’m speaking of the broader view of salvation (sozo) that also encompasses health, wholeness, and redemption. In other words, when St. Paul talked about working out our own salvation, does the Church have anything to do with that?
My healing and wholeness depends on being part of the Body of Christ made real each Sunday. I need to sing God’s praises, to give thanks for all the blessings of this life, to seek forgiveness, to hear God’s Word, and to taste the Incarnate One in bread and wine. That’s my answer, today anyway.
What is yours, dear reader? What would you tell the kids about why they should go to church?