When I was a teen, I remember watching a Billy Graham crusade on TV (loved to watch those shows) and I remember him saying something like this:
People tell me, he said, that they don’t have to go to church. They can worship God on the golf course or someplace else. Why bother getting up Sunday morning and driving to church?
Billy said you can indeed worship or praise God on the golf course. But is that why you go to a golf course? Don’t you go there primarily to play golf?
For some reason, Billy Graham’s words stuck with me all these years and it brings up a good point today.
Why do we go to church? What brings us to Dayspring every Sunday? Other than, of course, listening to the inspirational message from our great pastor.
Why can’t we just sit at home in a quiet place on the porch and read the Bible or meditate on the word of God? Saves gasoline. Can sleep in on Sunday. It’s easy.
Why did Billy always end his crusades with the admonition: Remember to go to church this Sunday!”
Of course, the Bible says we are to gather.
Hebrews 10:25: “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.”
Here are some reasons I go to church:
- to assemble with believers and encourage others
- to draw from their strength,
- to praise God as a family
- to gain strength from the readings, sermon and songs to make it through the week
- to thank God for all he’s given me
Another reason: to sing songs of praise together. As a family of God.
You probably cannot do that on the fourth hole at the golf course without gathering a few stares!
One final word:
I bought a Seekers greatest hits compilation recently and when the song “Emerald City” came on, I thought – wait one minute – we’ve sung this in church. But it’s called “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” Or, Ode to Joy.”
I know many hymns are taken from secular sources but I had no idea on this one. It’s actually a musical nod to the Wizard of Oz.
Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
I leave you with this from Psalm 101:1 – A Psalm of David. “I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will make music”