Have you ever walked out of a theatre after seeing a terrible movie and said, “There’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back. I can’t believe I gave up money for that"? Me too. (It was called "Titanic")
On the flip side, have you ever walked out of an amazing movie experience, excitedly shouting “I want to watch it again right now! Let’s buy tickets!”? Me too. (It was called "Avatar in 3D")
We are fickle about stuff like that. But I’m not fickle when it comes to Christ and His Church.
I’ve heard thousands (literally) of sermons in my life, been to well over a thousand church services. And some have been more impacting than others, sure. There’s days the worship invokes a bigger response from me than others.
That’s because we respond to things. All those things are based on our perceptions. It’s not that one movie is technically better than another (although I will fight you in defense of the cinematic masterpiece that is "Inception"), but to me it seems that way. And I might connect better with one worship song over another or one message more than another or – dare I say it – one preacher over another.
But there never has been, and there never will be, a day that I walk out of church and say, “There’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back. I can’t believe I gave up my time and money for that.”
Because I believe with all my heart, that through God’s grace and power, the church is the hope of the world.
I don't go to church to be entertained. I’m not paying for a service, waving my wallet saying “Woo me, Jesus”, shoving dollar bills into his tunic to have him perform another miracle. Whether my pastors “woo” me with their message or whether the worship team “impresses” me with their skills and song choices is of NO RELEVANCE to me.
I might be fickle with movies and foods and boxers vs. briefs or whether the toilet paper roll should have the paper coming over the top (YES!)… but I won’t be fickle about church.
Church is church.
Jesus is Jesus.
And my giving is not based on whether or not church “impressed” or “moved” me.
I don't go to get something out of church – I go to pour everything I have INTO Christ and his church. So I gladly offer those 2 hours to Christ. I gladly offer my finances to give shelter to the lost and hurting, resource to passionate, and help to those who can’t help themselves.
Because I'm not fickle about the things of God.