Free to Worship Together

I recently heard about a newly formed atheist church.  The spokesperson talked about how they realized they admired so many things about Christian churches such as the fellowship, the singing, studying, etc.  Therefore, they formed their own church.

It's also not uncommon to hear fellow Christians talk about how they like to experience God in the woods or the mountains or on the golf course rather than going to church.  I won't argue this is possible and even beneficial. However, I think it can be a poor substitute for attending church.

I spent most of my life playing basketball and I can't count how many coaches preached about how there is no "I" in "Team".  Another place we don't find "I" is in the Lord's Prayer.  The pronouns in the Lord's Prayer are "our", "us" and "we".  I think Jesus is saying that it is good for us to worship in communion with others.  The benefits of relationships and fellowship and encouragement we receive from worshiping together with other believers are real and cannot be duplicated by a long walk in the woods.

I agree the atheists are on to something here.  Perhaps we can learn a lesson here from them.

Brad Gauen


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