Daily Dose, Oct. 25 — Church: Why Bother?

  "Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:23-25) I watched the Dodgers and the Cubs play ball last night. I counted 9 players on the field ready at their position. The batter at the plate made 10, and I think I saw 5 umpires, which brings the total to 15. There is no game without all these people out on the diamond. You cannot play baseball by yourself. Being a Christian is another game you cannot play by yourself. Temptations are too strong -- we need each other. Building a temple for one would be a ridiculous construction. We worship and sing and pray and listen together. We have become an isolated culture. We commute alone, eat out of our lap riding down the highway and come home to our individual computer screen. God made us for community -- for relationship -- for each other. The purpose of small group study is to learn how to get along with one another. Christians are Christians in community. Solitary confinement is a terrible punishment. Being together in God’s presence is where the healing of our hearts begins to happen – which is why we bother to join and become active in the church. And, it’s why the writer of Hebrews bothered to encourage the church to meet together. -- Dr. Don