Recently I came across a blog post from Carey Nieuwhof titled, “Why Attending Church No Longer Makes Sense.” Prior to this I had not heard of Nieuwhof, but he seems to have a fairly large audience. This particular article garnered over 3,000 shares in 3 days.
As is common these days, the title is intentionally provocative and it isn’t what the post is actually about. Nieuwhof’s point is that merely attending church and sitting in the back without getting involved doesn’t make sense. He says with all of the online options available out there, those who are only spectators in the congregation don’t have much of a reason to go to church.
The article kicks off with this statement: “I can think of only two compelling reasons to go to church anymore.”
These are the two reasons given:
1) “The main reason I gather with the church is because I am the church.”
2) “The second compelling reason to attend a Sunday morning gathering is that you’re bringing a friend with you or because you yourself are exploring Christianity.”
After exploring these two reasons, Nieuwhof says “That’s it. Two good reasons to keep attending church.”
Noticeably missing from this short list is the primary reason that we go to church: to worship God! For this reason alone, attending church still makes sense and always will.