Some of us, we attend church regularly, some go occasionally, and others seldom go at all.
The Bible calls on believers to gather with the other members of the 'Body of Christ' for encouragement and to increase in faith. The Scriptures advise us, "not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Lord's Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25
President Theodore Roosevelt, in 1917, in an interview with Ladies Home Journal, offered his 10 reasons for attending church:
- In the actual world a churchless community, a community where men have abandoned and scoffed at or ignored their religious needs, is a community on the rapid downgrade. It is perfectly true that occasional individuals or families may have nothing to do with church or religious practices, and observances, and yet maintain the highest standard of spirituality of ethical obligation.
- Church work and church attendance mean the cultivation of the habit of feeling some responsibility for others and the sense of braced moral strength, which prevents a relaxation of one's own moral fiber.
- There are enough holidays for most of us that can quite properly be devoted to pure holiday making. Sundays differ from other holidays, among other ways, in the fact that there are 52 of them every year. On Sunday, go to church.
- Yes, I know all the excuses. I know that one can worship the Creator and dedicate oneself to good living in a grove of trees, or by a running brook, or in one's own house, just as well as in church. But I also know as a matter of cold fact the average man does not thus worship or thus dedicate himself. If he strays away from church, he does not spend his time in good works or lofty meditation. He looks over the colored supplement of the newspaper.
- He may not hear a good sermon at church. But unless he is very unfortunate, he will hear a sermon by a good man who, with his good wife, is engaged all the week long in a series of wearing, humdrum and important tasks for making hard lives a little easier.
- He will listen to and take part in reading some beautiful passages from the Bible. And if he is not familiar with the Bible, he has suffered a loss.
- He will probably take part in singing some good hymns.
- He will meet and nod to, or speak to, good quiet neighbors. He will come away feeling a little more charitably toward all the world, even toward those excessively foolish young men who regard churchgoing as rather a soft performance.
- I advocate a man's joining in church works for the sake of showing his faith by his works.
- The man who does not in some way, active or not, connect himself with some active, working church misses many opportunities for helping his neighbors, and therefore, incidentally, for helping himself.
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