As a pastor's wife I see the heartache that a pastor goes through. Some of that heartache is when he looks out from the pulpit on Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday evening only to see people missing from their usual spot in the pew. It isn't that they relocated themselves within the church (although that happens sometimes). It is because they found some reason not to be in church. Sometimes there are legitimate reasons for not being in their place. Sometimes they are sick (and not with a headache or tummy ache). Sometimes a person has to work (now and then is okay...but if it's happening on a regular basis...I'd pray about a new job). There are SOME other legitimate reasons. But oftentimes it is for silly reasons. Below are some of the reasons why people stay out...and responses to those reasons. Think about them the next time you decide not to go to church. Your pastor loves you and is concerned when you aren't there!!
~~Because you are poor.....there is no admission charge to church.
~~Because it rains....most of us go to work in the rain.
~~Because it is hot....it's sometimes hot in your house too.
~~Because no one invited you....people go many other places without being asked.
~~Because you don't like the pastor....he's human just as you are.
~~Because there are hypocrites at church...you associate with hypocrites every day.
~~Because you have guests in your home...they will admire your loyalty if you bring them along.
~~Because you need a little weekend vacation occasionally...God never takes a vacation from you.
~~Because your clothes are not expensive...our church is not a fashion show.
Hopefully none of you use these excuses. If you do then realize there is no GOOD excuse to just miss church.
Hebrews 10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."