Ralph's Daily Devotional - Friday, July 20

We considered yesterday Romans 14, which teaches that there is no one particular day when Christians are commanded to worship.  We have freedom in Christ.  But we all need special times to come together with fellow Christians, and that is traditionally Sunday.  Granted, there may be important reasons for not doing so, such as taking care of someone ill, not being well, etc.  Or perhaps you feel that everyday is a day to worship, which is fine.  Still, you need to meet regularly with other believers in some kind of real church.  This really comes down to the bigger question, "Is church attendance important, and if so, how do I fulfill my role?"  I see in Acts a thriving church where people met regularly (Acts 2:42-47).

In Roman Catholicism, missing Mass is a mortal sin.  Of course this is simply false.  While church attendance is important for one's worship, growth and service, no church should legalize it and threaten people to attend in such an non-biblical way.  It's not coming to church that will be the issue on judgment day - it's not coming to Christ!  That said, many Protestants take the opposite view and are lax to the point of missing church regularly because it interferes with their BBQ!

There needs to be a balance between strict legalistic adherence and passive non-compliance.  It's a day to rest, not just relax.  We need, in a spiritual way, to recapture the true meaning of the Sabbath, in which all of us find time to worship singly and jointly and to spend time in joyful reflection and fellowship with God and one another.  How do you handle this?

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