Thank God if you live in a place where you choose
whether, when and where to worship.
In Gallup polls year after year about 40% of American Christians say they attend church weekly or near-weekly, yet head counts show the actual number who show up is about 17%.
This is called the “halo effect”—the difference between what people claim and what they actually do. The common word is hypocrite.
So bloggers then write about all the fancy reasons why people are not wanting to attend church regularly anymore. Why it’s fashionable to reject religion, especially among millennials. Each year nearly three million people change their status to “religiously unaffiliated.”
The answer to church attendance is so simple, if we choose to be guided by the Bible:
“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 more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:24-25).
So we won’t stop attending even as “the manner of some” becomes the manner of most. We see the Day of the Lord fast approaching! Whether we show up won’t be affected by who else shows up because we know the Bible says God the Father chooses who comes (John 6:44).
We don’t get to choose our brothers and sisters in church either! We have to accept the vision that eventually all humans will have opportunity to become our brothers and sisters in Christ as part of the God Family for all eternity. If we can’t accept that, we will be the exception!
Does it even cross our minds that the one somebody doesn’t want to accept might be us! Hah, then show up and be the trial they need to grow! While you grow also (2 Pet. 3:18).
The Bible teaches one message and, like Hebrews, Lev. 23:3 also teaches weekly church attendance.
Jesus Christ as the God of the Old Testament commanded weekly attendance as His “holy convocation” [Hebrew MO’EDIM]. Our divine appointment! He expects us to show up! He and the Father will be there wherever two or three are gathered.
So according to the Bible, there is no whether.
But when and where?
Right there in one verse (Lev. 23:3)—and in the whole chapter where it also commands other “holy convocations”—we can read with our own eyes when we should assemble. And that knowledge is a huge piece of the puzzle in pointing us to where we should be attending each week.