Church is a pretty great thing, you get to gather in one place and see tons of other people who share your faith. You get to have fellowship and hear sermons every week to help further your relationship with God. With all that being said though, the church, as we think of it, is not necessary for you to be a Christian, you can never go even once and still be very much saved. Not only that, you could be closer to Jesus than most of the people that do go to church every Sunday.
The church has become an idol to some extent in modern society. We treat it like it has always been there and if you aren't part of it you should be ashamed. Some would even go as far to say if you don't go to church on Sunday you aren't even Christian. In our minds the church has become a major aspect of what it is to be a Christian, which makes sense since so many people are raised thinking that way. It is a good thing to have a place for everyone to gather and be together but it has been taken way too far and actually caused a lot of problems in the true church. We get so focused on the building that many of us forget, the church of Christ is made of people, and has nothing to do with the building.
Even if the church buildings didn't exist, the true church would still very much exist.
They are convenient places to gather but that is where it ends, in most cases they are just huge wastes of money that could be going to good causes. We are all connected through Christ and we need to have fellowship with each other but we can do that anywhere. It could be our homes or it could be outside somewhere, it doesn't really matter so long as we gather with fellow Christians, but it has nothing to do with the church building itself.
We are very attached to the church buildings but honestly I think they have done more harm than good. They make our divisions stronger with all the many denominations having their own buildings. They have become an idol of sorts to many Christians and maintain many false converts. People that know nothing of Jesus go to church on Sunday and think that makes them genuine Christians. As I mentioned before they are also a huge drain on the donations given by the people going just to maintain and pay for the building. In many ways I believe we would be better off just meeting up in any random public place, it would certainly be cheaper and cause less division.
The buildings are simply part of a system we have created in society that we have grown very used to. That system has a lot of flaws that we really need to try and be aware of because they are creating some big problems. Never feel like you are somehow less of a Christian because you don't go to church. Make sure you have friends and family that are Christian, don't simply isolate yourself, but don't let anyone tell you that the building is somehow pivotal to your faith. There will come a day when the entire system we know falls apart and there aren't any church buildings anymore. God's church will still be here.
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