Sunday, February 7, 2010

My Little Sunday Sermon

Today is a day of rest. So I stayed home from church and rested. I am sort of between churches now. There is one on Tieton Drive and one on 56th.

Our church had a greeting session. They would stop the service and everybody was to greet those near them. A really big pain in the rear as far as I was concerned.

One time a man in the pew behind me actually said to me, "I only see you here on Sunday mornings". I replied, "meaning what"? He didn’t respond he had to move on to the next person. I did not misunderstand him, it was very clear. He was right about my only being there on Sunday mornings. The only place I ever hear the term ‘pew warmers’ is from church people. Such as, "Oh you know Mrs. Dolittle never volunteers to do anything, she is just one of those pew warmers". Or this, "He never pays his tithe, he will have to account to God for that some day". Or this, "They only come to church on Easter and Christmas". I do believe some people go to church because they think they are earning their way into heaven. You don’t have to earn your way, and in fact, couldn’t earn your way no matter how hard you try. Christ paid your way when he died on the cross. That is, if you believe it and ask him for forgiveness. Going to church is wonderful if you can do it without getting into that Self-righteous attitude.
Another thing I heard a few times was remarks about whether somebody was truly born again or not. Since when are we assigned the position of deciding who is truly born again. I thought that was God’s place to do that.
One time the pastor stood on the platform and screamed to the flock, "If you’re a Christian, than act like it". I think it’s the height of self-righteousness. Read in your bible what God thinks of self-righteousness.


Goofy said...

Very nicely said!!

You don't have to go to church to be a good person. A church is just a building.

I don't care for self-righteous people either.

Jimh. said...

Right you are!

I like the way Emily Dickinson said it in her poem! See below:

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church --
I keep it, staying at Home --
With a Bobolink for a Chorister --
And an Orchard, for a Dome --

Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice --
I just wear my Wings --
And instead of tolling the Bell, for Church,
Our little Sexton -- sings.

God preaches, a noted Clergyman --
And the sermon is never long,
So instead of getting to Heaven, at last --
I'm going, all along.

Mike Starring said...

I honestly admire you more everyday!

Diane said...

AMEN! As my pastor often says "The church is the only army that shoots it's wounded!" I whole-heartedly agree! I do enjoy church when I can, but sometimes there are things that make it difficult or even impossible for me to go. I don't feel any less a Christian when I miss. I do miss seeing my friends from church, but always go back as soon as possible to see them again. Church shouldn't be a duty; it should be a pleasure.

Hope you have a great week!

Many hugs...........