You Need to be in Church
Let me begin by expressing my credentials in the area of independence. If you ask any of my friends/pastors/family members, they will testify of my rugged individualism and independence. I have been called an outside-the-box thinker, visionary, aloof and I sometimes (regrettably) am told people don't know how to take me. One of my favorite secular books is Walden. I spent days at a time in the wild when I was a teenager. For most of my adult life, one of my biggest dreams has been to be completely off-grid. Given the chance, I would set out on the Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail on 30 minutes notice. I own and wear Asolo backpacking boots as my daily shoes. My idea of a dream day is no interaction with the public in any way, shape or form. Before you label me as having extreme character flaws, I will readily acknowledge that fact, but also let you know why I am revealing this side of myself.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
If you struggle with church attendance and make excuses to avoid the assembly, you will have to bend your will to that of your Savior. Here is the most important reason to go to church. Christ wants you to assemble with the brethren and said so in His word.
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.
For those of you who don't understand, please love those who struggle with independence issues and reach out to us anyway. Give us a call if you don't see us at services. Pray that we will learn to play well with others and that God would increase our love for the services and the people of the church. We will, likewise, pray for your faults.