This past Sunday was a high-water mark for Sonja and me. It was one of those rare occasions that we were able to worship with both of our children and their families.
The way things worked out Lee’s three children spent Saturday night with Sonja and me at the motel we were staying in.
Sunday morning Sonja and David Lee, Ella and Annie got on the elevator to join me in the lobby so that we could depart for church. It so happened that another lady with her daughter were also on the elevator. Seeing how dressed up everyone was the lady kindly mentioned how nice everyone looked.
David Lee replied, “We are going to church.” (Which made me very proud.)
The lady’s little girl responded, “We are going to a dance competition.”
Therein is the great divide in America.
Not to judge to severely the lady in the elevator (perhaps this was a rare Sunday away from church for she and her daughter), but since Sonja and I have taken the new position we are now serving in we have seen another side of life on Sunday morning.
Sonja and I are somewhere different every Sunday. Many times we are staying in a motel and without fail the motels are full of people going to sports events, races, other competitions, concerts, and recreational events. We seldom see any of them pray over a meal, mention God, or give any consideration for spiritual things. It is as if church and God does not exists.
When I first started in the ministry the term “regular attender” meant someone who attended church almost every Sunday of the year. We even recognized those who didn’t miss at all and I would have members that had gone years without missing a Sunday.
By the time I left the pastorate to take my new assignment the expression “regular attender” had devolved into meaning someone who—when they went to church attended my church (one, many two times a month).
And the pollster tell us that the majority of people seldom if ever attend church or practice their faith.
There is a war going on for the soul of America today. There are two paths before us. Families today must choose which path they are going to choose. It is no longer expected or applauded (except by a few proud papas and nanas) when you choose the path toward God. Today you make the choice, not because it is socially expected and beneficial but because you really and truly believe the path toward God is the only one that leads to life and that life eternal.
- The ONE THING for today: There are two paths before you today. Which will you choose?
Matthew 24:36-39 (NKJV)
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.