How can you still attend church?

“Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world” (Isaiah 12:5).

Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States. Some of you will remember the Monika Lewinsky scandal. It’s kind of hard to forget.

Sometime later at a conference, someone asked Clinton: “How can you still attend church?”

He paused, became solemn, and replied: “Have you ever known anyone who needed to be in church more than me?”*

That’s a pretty good answer. The person who originally asked the question seemed to be under the illusion that you can only go to church if your moral batting average is above .300. But that’s just not true. If you could only go to church if you had it all together, none of us would ever get through the doors!

The focus of worship is how amazing GOD is—not how amazing YOU are!

The church for perfect people is for sale because it’s empty. The church for grace-hungry sinners is open and is for the rest of us.

We’re all broken in our own way. Sometimes it’s obvious. Sometimes it’s not. Just acknowledging this fact should remind us that going to a church building to worship God isn’t about having it all together, but meeting together to honour the God who does.


Notes:

–“The woman caught in adultery; leaders caught in hypocrisy; and Jesus King of mercy.” A Bible study podcast on John 7:53-8:11. Click here.

–*Ace Collins: GrATTITUDE: Practicing contagious optimism for positive change (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 2010), 75.

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