"Why I Do Not Eat Anymore"

According to some estimates, one out of three evangelical Christians will not come back to church even after it is deemed safe to do so.  I suppose there have always been excuses for not attending church.  A quick search of the internet will bring up a huge variety of them.  But if you were to take the ones which seem to be most listed and apply them to other things we do (or do not do), like eating, they might look like this list:


I do not eat anymore because …


  • 1.    I was forced to eat as a child.
  • 2.    People who eat all the time are hypocrites; they are not really hungry.
  • 3.    There are so many different kinds of food that I can’t decide what to eat.
  • 4.    I used to eat, but I got bored and stopped.
  • 5.    I only eat on special occasions, like Easter and Christmas.
  • 6.    None of my friends will eat with me.
  • 7.    I’ll start eating when I get older.
  • 8.    I really don’t have time to eat.
  • 9.    I don’t believe eating does any good.  It’s just a crutch.
  • 10. Restaurants and grocery stores are only after your money. 


Perhaps we should not look at church worship services like they were about coming back to church, but rather see them as an opportunity to be fed in ways that are even more important than physical food.  “… Train yourselves to be godly.  For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (I Timothy 4:7b-8)   Although it may not be possible for everyone to be with us for “in-person” worship at the present time, we are praying for that day to come sooner rather than later.  Until then, are we taking advantage of every possible opportunity to be fed spiritually?  In addition to our in-person worship at 8:30 AM each Sunday, our online worship continues each Sunday morning at 10:30 and our mid-week online Bible study is on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM.  Bon appétit!  

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