Imagine a wedding reception. Picture two people; one is a close friend of the groom. That person enjoys the meal, the music, the dancing, the cake, and everything that’s fun about a wedding reception — but he finds the greatest pleasure in being there with the friend who’s getting married. The other person is a party crasher. That person enjoys the meal, the music, the dancing, the cake, and everything that goes on at a wedding reception — but he knows little or nothing about the groom and doesn’t want to know anything. The party crasher is just there for the party.
I’ve been a pastor of a church long enough to know that people can be attracted to a church because of its friendliness. They can be attracted by feeling good about doing something for others. They can enjoy helping the machinery of running the church to function smoothly. They can enjoy a sermon for the stories and humor but miss the actual point of the message.
I suppose this is why some steer clear of church, they think it’s full of hypocrites, people pretending to be religious. Here’s how I look at it: a church service is like a wedding reception with Christ being the groom (that’s the imagery the Bible uses). When it comes to going to church we can be a party crasher, or a friend of the groom.
“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” (Psalm 29:2)