According the the dictionary, an excuse is “something offered as justification or as grounds for the failure to do something” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). As a minister’s wife of over 40 years, I’m amazed at the “reasons” some give for forsaking the assembly. This is not a new problem for Paul discussed the issue in Hebrews 10:25 when he said, ” Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is:” Yes, as long as the church has been in existence, there have been some who let “the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). With attendance down in most congregations, I’d say the devil has been very busy lately!
I’ve heard people say, “Well, that church isn’t very friendly. No one spoke to me.” Yet, did they speak to anyone? Did they come in late, sit in the back, and hit the doors as soon as the “Amen” was said? Some have said, “Well, with that song leader – I can’t sing! I don’t enjoy the song service.” But the Lord doesn’t require a trained voice to praise him, the psalmist said, “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: Come before his presence with singing” (Psalm 100:1-2). Can you make a noise? Some people complain about the preacher. (Naturally, I think our’s is marvelous!) But anytime God’s Word is taught, we have the opportunity to learn – no matter who is doing the teaching. Worship doesn’t happen in the pulpit, it happens in the pew! You usually “get out” about what you “put in.” After Covid hit, so many have “quit” attending worship because “I might get sick, sitting so close to others.” Yet, they haven’t stopped going to Walmart, restaurants or ballgames.
These are not “reasons.” They are excuses, and when you’re making excuses, one is as good as another! You may feel like I “stomped on your feet” today – I was aiming at your heart. Simply blessed, Courtney