Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is important when doing some jobs, such as working with spilled battery acid or in loud spaces. However, as important as such things may be, there are those who will say, quite plainly, “I don’t need that”. Their excuses are often very colorful. One excuse might be “I have tough ears”, never mind that the person saying it is actually losing their hearing. Another one might be “I have a high pain tolerance”, though the truth is that you may actually have considerable nerve damage (as is the case for me with my hands).
Sad truth. People will come up with all sorts of excuses as to why they don’t need PPE. Sadder truth. People, and even corporations, will come up with excuses for not attend worship services. As mentioned in a previous post, there are those who would say “I don’t need to attend church, I can worship God anywhere”, never mind that the person saying it is likely just sleeping in or going to go play golf or some other such activity. Another excuse, from a corporate level, might be something to the effect of “We need to work during those hours or we will lose money”. Sadly, in our modern world, we have put money ahead of God and made that truer than it should have been, thus committing a greater sin.
In writing to the Hebrews, the Apostle Paul plainly stated “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” It would seem that Paul realized all too well the need of Christians to come together and worship. It matters little what denominational title you place yourself in, if you do not attend church, you are really are not what you claim. Even worse, you are guilty of idolatry.
Did I really just accuse people who do not go to church of idolatry? Yes. In the commandments (popularly called the 10 Commandments, though that number is based more upon how they are divided than what the genuine number may be), God plainly told Moses “You shall have NO other gods before me”. Truthfully, when we choose to sleep in, go fishing, play golf, or work rather than attend worship services, we have chosen to bow to and serve a false god. Ultimately, it is either the false god of the self or the false god of money. Worship of either will get you cast into Hell and quite fast. Christ Jesus plainly told his disciples that “you can not serve both God and money”.
Attending worship services is similar to wearing personal protective equipment, providing you believe that one whom the message is sent by and is about, which is Christ Jesus. In attending worship, we shore up our faith in Christ as Lord and Savior, and we prepare our hearts so to abandon false gods and heretical beliefs about not attending church. Save for hospitals, perhaps the old laws that prohibited a business from opening before 1400 on a Sunday were a good thing. Truth is, if you plan ahead, you don’t need to go shopping at all on a Sunday anyway. Sad. We fail to realize how we have hurt ourselves and our society by working or loafing around rather than attend worship services.
We should use personal protective equipment to protect ourselves when working in a harmful environment, whether it be a chemical, burning, or noise hazard. In like manner, we should never forsake attending worship services and find ourselves as being convicted of idolatry. Just as we need personal protective equipment, we also need to attend worship services. There is a reason that God said plainly to “remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy”. There is NOTHING holy about golfing, fishing, sleeping, or working when you should be attending worship. In like manner, no excuse should be permitted so to avoid attending worship, save that you are genuinely ill and perhaps in the hospital (they do have chaplains). Further, many churches actually have worship services on Saturday as well as Sunday, thus you have even less of an excuse to attend worship. However, those Saturday worship services are not a license to make employees work all day on a Sunday.
Personal protective equipment is needed when doing dangerous job. Attending worship is necessary for building faith and will ultimately help to keep you from the fires of everlasting torment in Hell. To say you don’t need either makes you a fool and best and sets you up for suffering at worst. You don’t need to be in pain due to a work related injury nor do you need to suffer for all eternity in Hell.
The choice is yours.
Choose, but choose wisely. One will bring you to everlasting life, the other to everlasting suffering and torment.
There is no middle ground.