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2013-04-25 / Church

Just a Thought.......

Rev. DaveFischer

It is common practice to blame the churches for their loss of attendance on Sunday morning. The usual complaint is that they are boring, lecturing and “out-of-touch”. Never mind that any teacher will tell you of the difficulties of competing with the instant image changes of the internet and all its cousins.

What is rarely mentioned is that Sunday worship has been obliterated by our 24/7 economy. More and more folks have to work six, if not seven, days a week to make ends meet or to keep a job that demands it. Sunday becomes the only time off to do all those things for which there just was not enough time during the week, including shopping at the seven-day-a-week stores where someone else is working.

Almost never talked about (taboo, maybe) is the movement of youth sports events to Sunday. Coaches, even Christian ones, will tell you “I do it for the kids!” and that ends any discussion about whether that is a good witness to young people about the importance of their spiritual life.

In the meantime, church attendance suffers and we take the blame. It’s not right. It’s not fair. But it is the world we have created and in which we all struggle to raise children who will live moral lives, knowing right from wrong.

Rev. David Fischer is the Pastor at First Christian Church in Lexington

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