Reminders: Worshipers Anonymous
by Ardith Hoff
Pete was leaving church after the Christmas services. When the pastor greeted him, he said, “Pete, it’s time you joined the army of the Lord. We need to see you here every Sunday.” “I’m already in the army of the Lord, Pastor,” Pete replied. “Then why do we only see you on Christmas and Easter?” Pete looked to the right and to the left, and then leaned over to whisper, “I’m in the Secret Service.”
Some churchgoers would like to fade into the woodwork because they feel like they are too busy to be an active member of the church. They might not want to get involved in the Bible studies, fundraisers and the outreach ministries most churches routinely schedule. As a young mother with two children at home and a full-time job, this writer remembers wanting to be invisible at church in order to avoid being asked to teach Sunday school or join a ladies’ group. I had done both when my children were younger, but once I was a full-time teacher, a housewife and mother, I really didn’t want to get overly involved in church activities. We attended church regularly as a family, and the children attended Sunday school, but that was it.
I suspect that some young parents might avoid going to church all together because they don’t want to get too involved. For people who work full time, and in many cases extra hours besides, weekends are extraordinarily busy also. There is all the work to be done at home, and all of the children’s activities to attend to as well. We should have great respect for the families that make going to church and Sunday school each week a priority. They are teaching their children the values of a religious education and continuing spiritual growth. Let’s give them credit and encouragement. Let us understand if they are reluctant to work at the church cookie sale on a Saturday morning. They need our support and not our chastisement. “Bring up your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6