I wonder sometimes about people who have dropped off the radar screen at church. I wonder why they have fallen away? I wonder what offended them; if they have found another fellowship; if they have given up on the Lord, or if they’ve just given up on church? Why? When? For how long will they be unaffiliated.
I hear people say all the time: The church is us, it’s not a building.
Granted, the church is us, but its US TOGETHER, right? Didn’t Jesus institute the church? Wasn’t it the church that he said would prevail? Wasn’t it the “gathering” that He said would hold us together?
If we do not gather, does the promise of Divine power still hold?
I think about what the Bible has to say about the last days; how easily men will be offended. It talks about how quickly warm hearts will turn cold, especially in relation to our brothers, our fellowship. I think about how many evil notions will rise up and pierce the church…
I shudder to think that many might be found fighting alone, instead of being united through the storm.
I think about how the devil wants to destroy the church, and how Jesus purposefully put us together in community with one another so that Satan’s evil machinations for the flock might go unfulfilled.
When the wolf comes will lone sheep be protected? Who will they call upon? Will pride keep them from calling? Won’t realizing they have walked into lone territory keep them from turning once again to the church, to the fellows they have there, and to safety provided for their souls?
I think about the last days and how dark they will be. How many temptations there will be to listen only to one’s own needs. How isolationist we have already become, because of cell phones and internet connects, and chat rooms, and face book. We talk all the time, but never to anyone who would disagree with us, or bring clarity to our situations. If we keep going back to the well that is our own thinking, time and time again, can we expect to think any differently tomorrow than we have thought today?
When the times grow darker and unity is most needed, will the church be strong enough to defend herself? Will those who have fallen away, likewise, be strong enough to defend themselves? I just don’t know.
Maybe its just me.
Maybe its just summer.
Maybe the faithful are still faithful, but in other corners of the kingdom. I hope so! I dearly do.
A friend of mine lent me a book recently. The Rise of the Nones. I haven’t started the book yet, but I will soon. Maybe there I will find some answers.
If the Word is to be believed, the Anti-Christ will one day arrive on the scene, and I suspect it will be when the church is most vulnerable. Is the rise of the “nones” a sign that the vulnerability has begun? What do you think?
Why do you think people of faith fall away? Is the church getting progressively weaker? When have you seen pull people away from the “gathering” that is church attendance?