Why You Should Go To Church
If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
1 Corinthians 12:26
WHY YOU SHOULD GO TO CHURCH
Paul uses the human body as a metaphor in 1 Corinthians 12. He is saying we are the body—each of us, all of us. We are one body not just during the Sweet High times of your life; we are also the body when your life really truly rots.
Somehow churchgoers are unfairly labeled as the Perfect Crowd, the Goody-Goody’s of the world. Why? I think it’s because we glow sometimes, and you know what I mean. When we experience God and God at work, well, yeah, there’s the whole light thing going on and in or around worship we’re seen as angelic. Then we’re also seen as two-faced, because while we have that glitter halo over our heads for a time, we know what onlookers know, and it’s this: we stink; we really stink and sink into our sins too well and too often.
Pop that perfect picture of this perfect people in church, would you? It doesn’t exist. As a whole, we are a hot mess train wreck bound for hell. We are losers, liars, and loafers.
But we are one. We recognize our common lot and lift our sloppy souls to the one source so far and so well above us, and that’s God. And this is true, so true: when one part suffers, when one of us suffers, we all suffer.
Pulling away from church isn’t the answer. Pull yourself to church. Literally. My mom was one of the first I knew who said what too many behind her have said. Shortly after my dad suddenly and unexpectedly died, she said, “I can’t go to church. I’ll cry too much.”
Cry. Slobber. Grunt. Groan. Growl. Bring your chaos. Bring your screwed up, twisted, totally right or totally wrong way of looking at life and sit. Sit among us.
When you’re so angry at something someone said (and yikes, oh my, imagine they said something mean about you in church!), come. Bring your broken self. Bring your bruised, imperfect, your- mad-at-somebody self and sit. And listen. And share. And love.
Or sit home. See how that works for you in the long run.
If you do stay out, you hurt not only yourself, but you also hurt all those who do love you, or all of those who can love you once you say hello.
Paul is right. Let all the parts be glad. Show up.