Contaminated!

 

Wal-Mart is not. Ball practice is not. Homework is not. Family gatherings are not. Working at McDonald’s is not. But . . . church sure is! Or at least that’s what it appears to be. When I hear the excuses parents make for not faithfully attending church, youth activities, Sunday School, ministry opportunities, regular services, I begin to wonder, “Is church contaminated with something?”

Look at the following written by Mary Louise Kitsen, “Generations of Excuses,” found in the Good News Broadcaster.

  • our baby Timmy’s birth
  • Timmy’s just a baby
  • Timmy always catches a cold in the nursery
  • Timmy’s too noisy and too active
  • Timmy can’t get along with the other children
  • the birth of Timmy’s baby sister, Sally
  • Sally’s just a baby
  • Sally always catches a cold in the nursery
  • Sally’s too noisy and too active
  • Sally can’t get along with the other children
  • we’re all so busy that Sunday is our only day as a family
  • my husband’s boss wants to golf with him on Sundays
  • I work during the week and Sunday is my only day to relax
  • Timmy’s soccer games are on Sundays
  • Timmy thinks going to youth group is dumb
  • Timmy’s married now, and you know how it is with newlyweds!
  • Timmy’s baby’s birth
  • Timmy’s baby is too noisy, too active, might catch a cold in the nursery . . .

Many parents don’t mind exposing their children to the germs at the grocery store, because after all you must eat. Or exposing their children to the other children at school, because after all they must get an education. Or exposing their children to the “clean world” of McDonald’s, because after all they must get a job. No excuses are uttered here for these temporal endeavors. BUT, exposure to eternal, life-changing truths, people who preach and teach the Truth, activities that help children hear the Gospel and eventually understand salvation, summer camp that enriches the lives of children spiritually, the local church which is the body of Christ, now we had better be careful! There must be something about those eternal things, so we make excuses to protect them! (By the way, my favorite line at the door on Sunday morning as folks are leaving is, “We probably won’t be back tonight for church.” Oh really????)

What excuses are you using to keep your children from being impacted by Truth? What excuses are you using that your children are learning and will use someday as well?

Luke 14:25-26    Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.

Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Friday’s Findings

Here’s a sampling of things I’ve read in recent days that I thought you might find to be helpful.  Have a great day in the Lord and prepare your heart for an awesome day of worship on Sunday!

From Simplicity to Elegance – One of many reasons why I love my wife and enjoy the life we have shared for 33 years . .  .

 

Something We Shouldn’t Be Good AtWe all have them and need to get rid of them!

 

What Is Real Christianity All About?

 

Remember WhenA look back at what makes a marriage; the little things.

 

For the Guy Who Dropped His New iPhone6

 

Really?

Teacher: “So why didn’t you get your homework completed and handed in on time?

Student: “Well, I left it on the table and my dog ate it!”

Teacher: “Why were you absent from school yesterday?”

Student: “I didn’t come to school yesterday because I was feeling like I was going to be sick, but thankfully I wasn’t!”

Pastor: “We missed you last Sunday?”

Church Member: “I worked late all week and was too tired to get up.” “My son had a ballgame.” “We needed to spend time with the family.”

Pastor: “Why haven’t you been attending church?”

Church Member: “I like a smaller church.” “There’s too many hypocrites down there.” “The church isn’t friendly anymore.” “The church doesn’t meet my needs.”

People are experts at making excuses. We use excuses to make an allowance for a failure, to make us look good, to shy away from having to fulfill an obligation, and to soothe our conscious, just to name a few.

In Luke 9, we find Jesus responding to three excuse-makers who really did not want to follow Christ. As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus[g] said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:57-62). These three excuses were wrapped up in “creature comforts, family ties, and divided loyalties,” and they all sounded legitimate.

Are you into making excuses for not being a sold-out follower of Christ? May I kindly say that many of the excuses used are a manifestation of elementary Christian living equal to the boy’s excuse of the dog eating his homework. The bottom line is, we can do anything we ought to do, and we do what we want to do.

Question: How will your excuses work for you when you stand before Christ at the Bema? “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)