From time-to-time, a friend at work will text me church signs he sees. The latest sign said, “Blah, Blah, Blah – Just Go To Church.”
I’m more fond of saying “go to worship/Bible study” than I am of “go to church”, but regardless, I agree with the sentiment of the sign.
There are legitimate reasons for not being able to attend the services of the church – personal sickness, helping others who are in need of help, etc. But I believe a lot of people throw their own “animal” into a ditch (Luke 13:10-17, 14:1-6) so they can have a reason justify their habitual absence. The average person who misses church services misses them because they want to … nothing more and nothing less.
Excuses may sound good to the preacher, the elder, the Bible class teacher or even our self, but we have to remember that the one we’re called to worship knows the difference between an excuse and a reason for not worshiping our creator, sustainer, savior and judge.
“Every way of a man seems right to himself, but the Lord is the tester of hearts. To do what is right and true is more pleasing to the Lord than an offering.” (Proverbs 21:2-3 BBE)