Yes, I’m well aware of the fact that we do not go to church and that we are the church. I’ve heard that statement a billion times and I’ve probably also said it a billion times. Every time my kids say, “are we going to church?”, I say, “We don’t go to church, we are the church!” Yes, kind of cliché and typical, but I can’t help it. I’m a nerdy dad. The New Testament word for “church” is the Greek word ecclesia and it refers to the gathering of God’s people. I know, I know. I got the memo. But it’s time for full disclosure.
Sometimes I’d just like to go to church.
There, I said it. Well, I typed it. I’ve been involved in some form of church leadership for most of my adult life and have been a part of church communities for most of my life, so I’m going to claim that I have enough experience to allow me to speak on our subject, okay? I’m not an expert on ecclesiology, but I’m an expert on me!
So I’ve learned from the best “church goers” out there that if I simply “go” to church, I’ll experience the following:
(1) I’d never have people problems like I do now. If I just went to church, I could easily leave church. No people problems, and if they come up, I can simply leave – forever. And then go to another church. If I just went to church, I wouldn’t have to have any commitments to the people or any ministry responsibilities either. No phone calls in the middle of the night. No interrupted dinners. No accusations from people that you wronged them or ruined their life after you’ve done nothing but pour yourself empty on their behalf and spent countless hours praying and counseling them. Nope… none of that. After all, I just go to church!