Are there lies that we tell ourselves? If we are truthful, we know we are very good at lying to ourselves (Jer 17:9). We have become so good at this skill, that we believe our lies make good enough excuses to fool other people. Ironically, once we have believed our contortions of reality, we view those who do not agree as foolish for not entering our pseudo-world. One of the biggest lies we tell ourselves in this pseudo-world is that spiritual things have a class of their own.
Since reality has a way of uncovering falsehood. Let’s take a look at some of the arguments often given for spiritual apathy and see how well the same arguments would line up in reality.
- “I am too tired to read the Bible.” “I am too tired to eat food.”
- “I don’t go to church because it is filled with hypocrites.” “I don’t go to the gym because I’ve seen fat people there.”
- “I don’t go to church because it is all about money.” “I don’t go to Wal-mart, Target, or any business, because they are about making money.”
- “I don’t read the Bible because I don’t understand it.” “I don’t use computers because I don’t know binary code.”
- “The preacher preached directly at me.” “The doctor prescribed medication to fit my situation.”
- “I am against organized religion.” “I am against certified mechanics, carpenters, or USDA approved food.”
- “I am waiting to fix a few things in my life before joining a church.” “I think I need to lose 20 pounds before I join the gym.”
- “I have too much baggage.” “I am too sick to go to the hospital.”
- “My parents used to make me go to church.” “I will recant from potty training, nap taking, and eating solid foods.”
- “I felt too convicted at church.” “I quit looking at the mirror.”
- “My pastor won’t understand my problems.” “What would a mechanic know about fixing a car?”
- “They tried to convince me to change.” “The traffic controller wouldn’t let me pass.”
- “I don’t go to church because people judge.” “I will not watch any movies or read books that have had reviews.”
- “I cannot go to a place with such high expectations.” “I think the military should lower its standards.”
- “The church wasn’t there for my physical needs.” “I called all the bars, and they wouldn’t give me any money.”
- “I can’t go to a church that doesn’t care about my feelings.” “Please don’t operate on me doctor, it hurts when you cut out cancer.”
God has made it perfectly clear that the very purpose of a church is to help us see past our own lies and excuses, that we me be perfected by His truth. So next time you are confronted with reality, be thankful for a church body or friend who is willing to grow with you in Christ-likeness.
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)