I wonder how many people decided to stay home from their church’s regularly scheduled Sunday evening service to watch the Super Bowl?
I am not referring to churches that do not have a Sunday evening service on a regular basis.
I think it shows where people’s priorities are at if they do miss church for an event like the Super Bowl.
Our church celebrated the Lord’s Supper this evening.
When people decide that something (you fill in the blank) is more important than worshipping God, then my mind races back to the image of a group of Russian believers in the dead of winter were meeting deep in a forest to observe the Lord’s supper. They were literally risking their lives to do this and if they were discovered by the Russian army, police or governmental officials it would have meant some type of imprisonment or even death. They continued to worship in spite of no building and the harsh cold of a Russian winter, because they believed in something that was truly important and meaningful to them, enough to risk their lives.
When people justify missing church for athletic contests and other things, it makes me think of those Russian believers and the fact that they risked their lives to be obedient to the Lord. And we wonder why our churches are weak, powerless and anemic?