I’ve enjoyed the reaction I get from people here in Toronto when I inform them that I’m not going to a church on a Sunday morning. One person said ‘that’s not too good of an idea.’ The other looked at me with sort of a confused, he must be back-slidden kind of look. I told one person that I wasn’t going to go to church because I was going to stay and clean up my church.
I guess being in Toronto and attending a service on a Sunday morning has completely lost its appeal to me. Unless I’m actually plugged into the community, listening to some guy preach at me (where I can get the same sermons online) and listening to some fumbling musicians try to play some worship (which I can listen to Hillsongs on my computer whenever I want), throwing money in a plate and listening to announcements isn’t my idea of something I want to do on my Sunday mornings. One could argue that the fellowship of believers is important, but that 1 minute (if that) meet and greet time is more awkward than anything and before and after the service most people are in their car before the musical finale is finished.
The conversation usually progresses into me explaining how my apartment is my church. Hence why I wanted to stay home and clean my church. The guys that live at this apartment with me are absolutely phenomenal. We all have great relationships with each other. They are all very different with each person separately, yet at the same time I would venture to say they are based on the same values. We hold each other accountable and encourage each other. We talk spiritual discussions constantly and challenge each other in our beliefs. Maybe people just aren’t used to that kind of community around them all the time.
Maybe its heresy to say, to most Christians I know it must be, but I really don’t think I need to attend a Sunday (or any day) church service to do the right thing in my Christian walk. When did a Sunday church service become a pre-requisite to a Christian lifestyle? I’m still in my community, I’m still reading the bible and other books to challenge me, I’m still praying and going forward in my walk with God and others.
Could it be that we’ve elevated Sunday Services to a position of eloquence that it was never meant to have? Have these two hour programs taken the place of a 24/7 lifestyle? Not that they aren’t beneficial, because they are. I just don’t think they are as spiritually necessary as we have created them to be.
So this year, I probably won’t be going to your typical church service every Sunday. I’ll be living at this apartment in the best community that I know and hopefully be having, what we call church services, every single night.