Two articles in last week’s newspaper started me to thinking back some years. One article asks, “Is sex outside of marriage still a sin?” It outlines the gradual changes in society and cultural thinking over the years. Polls and surveys and opinion pieces seem to be the basis of many people’s beliefs these days, not the scriptures. Bedrock? Foundation? Sand. Well, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, the saying goes – and sin by any other name still smells of death.
The other article is headlined “Church adds drive-in to draw visitors.” The pastor stands in the doorway of the church and preaches by microphone to the parking lot, where folks just tune in their car radio to listen. Communion will be offered car to car some Sundays.
Okay, what’s wrong with that? Well, why bother to put gas in the car and drive from the comforts of home down to the church? Why not just save that expense?
I think someone’s forgotten the meaning of the root word for church, which is fellowship. It’s pretty hard to fellowship from the inside of an automobile, unless you’re planning to cram 6 or 8 bodies into one.
Laziness has gone to seed these days, where people don’t want to communicate face to face, offer a hand or a hug, a listening ear, prayer and singing and clapping and smiling, or crying. Don’t want to get dressed in something relatively clean or neat, don’t want to shave or shampoo, don’t want to “give of your best to the Master,” as the old hymn goes. Or it is complacency?
Well, at least they did leave the house and head to the church instead of the beach, or staying inside stretched out on the sofa in front of the football game. Maybe that counts for something.