Because Everybody Is Entitled To My Opinion

"O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, . . . in wrath remember mercy" (Habakkuk 3:2).
"Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?" (Psalm 85:6)

Monday, March 10, 2008

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Well we've been cleaning up the mess from the worse snowstorm some say we've had in 25 years. I was stranded at home from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning when I went to church. Yes I went to church. The roads were a mess and still hadn't been cleared and I went to church. Of course the Lord has blessed me with an all wheel drive vehicle but the church van which I operated and picked up kids in was old school rear wheel drive. I did get stuck once but I manage to get free.

Now I make a big deal about this because of one thing. There are so called Christians out there who attend churches who decided to close because of the weather. How do you justify closing church? What happened to "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me"? Dozens of churches in N E Ohio were closed. I guess some only serve Christ when it's convenient. Can you image what would happen if Christians in this country were persecuted for their beliefs like Christians in Islamic nations? I doubt if they would make a stand. They can't even get to church on a snowy day.


Eve said...

Good for you for being so faithful! But, remember, it is not given to man to judge.

Lori Watson said...

Actually, we'd be Christians who have made the decision in the past to cancel church because of a snow storm. We don't see it as a faithfulness issue, but as a safety issue. I don't see a Scriptural mandate to open the doors "come hell or high water".
It seems this is something that bothers you personally, but I'd just encourage you to be careful at making blatant statements and/or judgements. Especially to the blogosphere where intent and tone is difficult to read.

Dane Bramage said...

Eve, Lori, thanks for your comments. The safety point is well taken and I apologize to anyone who could not make it to church for safety reasons. Even my Pastor said he could not have criticized anyone who hadn't made it to church. He had canceled our Saturday meetings and told everyone to use their own judgment on Sunday. And still we had a full house.

My point is that too many churches look for the easy way out. I wasn't trying to pat myself or my church n the back, I was just pointing out that if my little country church in the middle of nowhere with it's unplowed roads could make an effort, then certainly those with more resources could have too. The snow had stopped long before Sunday morning. I have also seen some of these same churches close on Sunday night for the Super bowl and most inexplicably, close all day Sunday for CHRISTMAS!.

Should I judge them harshly? I think so. More so as they profess to be brothers than the heathen, according to scripture.

Normally I don't give two cents about what goes on in other churches and how they conduct their affairs. But collectively we as Christians are suppose to be making a stand against evil in this world. It is disheartening to see your fellow soldiers A.W.O.L.