Lance Logan, the Youth and Family pastor at Montgomery Church of Christ in Albuquerque, NM writes this in a pastoral letter to the congregation. I feel out of my chair laughing, having lived in the south and eaten many times at Waffle House. If you haven't, it might not seem so funny.
Several times a year I’ll sit down at a Waffle House with some good friends of faith to eat a meal and discuss theol-ogy and life . Only at Waffle House is ordering interesting. Consider some of the ways you can order hash browns: smothered, peppered, scattered and who knows what all. During these meals my youth minister buds and I talk about ministry or life woes. Recently we talked about common remedies to faith illnesses that don’t work. Let me share one.
It would seem that conventional thought on how to “recover” or “move out of” spiritual weakness is simply to get serious about your faith. Getting serious about your faith is often translated into being at church more.
Great effort is put into the endless activities and opportunities to connect at church. When individuals don’t have a great commitment to these activities a snap judgment by other Christians can be made that others will not grow deeper in their faith. It doesn’t take long to evaluate that long hours spent at church does not equal increased faith.
Christian Scharen shares, “faith is lived out in daily life. Church, therefore, plays its part—but faithfulness does not equal hours clocked under the shadow of its steeple.” Faith is not simply a time frame found within your week.
Anon, and peace :-)