We've all heard of the pastor who cheerfully announced one Sunday, "I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we have the necessary funds to build our educational unit. The bad news is that the money is still in your wallets."
That old bromide set me to thinking about two things: 1. the number of people who classify themselves as church attendees, and 2. the actual number of those attending.
Reality: On any given Sunday about 53% of those who call themselves church attendees actually attend.
Good news: With the number of professing Christians the church has enough witnesses to make a great change in our society and to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
Bad news: Week after week those Christian witnesses are in your homes, missing from their feeding ground. Week after week, the soldiers we need in this final battle are missing their basic training and their essential advanced training.
God's input: Does God care about this? Of course He does. Proof that He cares is found in Hebrews 10:25 where He says that we should Not [be] 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. [KJV]
Our response: The day of which He spoke is fast approaching. That means now more than ever Christians need each other. Wouldn't it be earth-shaking if our 53% became 100%?
How could the world ignore that kind of commitment?
Won't you come back to church? Together let's turn the news from bad to good! Time is running out.
- Pastor Paul Guay of the Mabton Grace Brethren Church.