I had a conversation with someone recently about how some church communities are rebelling against merging with another local church community. This has played on my mind since that conversation as the whole things just felt so wrong to me.
Yes I am deeply disappointed that falling attendance numbers have made it necessary to close some churches. However this is not the things that has played on my mind most about this, instead it is the reaction of the parishioners of these churches – There has apparently been at outcry from both churches about the potential merge of the two churches. While I can understand how disappointing it may be to be faced with the closure of a place you have worshiped in for years, I find it shameful that these folks seem to be focusing what they want, and how they want their church experience to remain the same, rather than focusing on the most important part of what their church should be about, God!
At the end of the day, does it matter what building we are in to worship God? I for one do not think so, and I can testify that it doesn’t as there have been several occasions in my life when the church building I worship in has not been usable (new building being built, or heating broken), and we have found ourselves having worship in another building, and not always another church building.
I know my comments may be controversial, but be assured that all I’m trying to convey is that sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in the less important things of life, and in doing so we forget what, or who is important to us.
Please do not ever forget what going to church should be about, because as soon as we forget that, God is not where he should be, at the centre of all we do.