The day is on it’s way, it couldn’t wait no more. Here it comes… ready or not.
This is the chorus from Chance The Rapper’s latest song, First World Problems.
In this post, I want to discuss reasons why some people don’t grow spiritually IN the church, and ways for those who value church fellowship to keep souls come back to the place of worship again and again.
I am a believer. I believe in Jesus. I love my God with all of my heart, and I love my neighbor as much as myself, or at least I strive to be perfect in those two practices.
This post is about the church, though.
My church-going habits have been sporadic as of late. This is mostly due to the time and energy that I have been putting toward work and furthering what I believe to be God’s work in the form of health education and youth confidence building.
Why don’t more of us go to church though? Well, sometimes it is has nothing to do with the purpose of church. We go to church is to praise God and to worship together with other believers, which is fellowship. Unfortunately, some people go to church for other purposes- to find a date, to gossip, to gain power over others. To those people I say, do a little better than that. Focus on the message. Study the message. Understand the message. Talk about the message with your comrades and encourage each other to be encouraging to each other.
Some people go to church with pure intentions,
but don’t realize that the things that they say or do may be, well, just not nice. I have known people to stop going to church because every time they go, they are “called out” for only going infrequently. Saying something like, “Hey Sista So-in-so. I haven’t seen you here in a WHILE,” doesn’t encourage a person to come back more frequently. Another comment that will keep souls away is something like, “Hey Brotha So-in-so. Oh, you are gaining weight!”
Or to the pregnant woman, “Wow you’re getting big. When is that baby due? Not for a few more months? I think that baby is coming early!” The dispensers of these types of comments often do NOT have malicious intentions, but they poison the positive feelings of the recipient just the same. Why does someone want to come worship with you if you are going to shoot self-esteem crushing daggers their way in the pew.
My purpose in this post, is similar to my purpose of a post from my blog, The Gyneco-(b)Logic, Take A Pregnant Pause. There are things that people say which have ramifications beyond what they may think. Taking a step back and re-examining our words and practices will grow our relationships with each other and with God.
“I did my worst, I did the work, I had to skip the label.
I go to church, they want a flick, I want to flip the table.”
Even Chancelor Bennett wants to go to church to worship, without people coming after him with ulterior motives. The hardest thing to tame is the tongue.
I think that First World Problems may be my new favorite song from him. (Second of course to No Problem!)
Dr. Wendy, a.k.a. Dr. Every Woman, a.k.a.
Chance The Pap-per
(if you don’t know be my now…)