Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:22–25, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The look and feel of real leather. Works just like a Xerox. I can’t believe it’s not butter. Experience church virtually. What do all these have in common? They are not the real deal. Good substitutes when the real thing is unavailable or circumstances won’t allow, but they are still substitutes for the bona fide experience.
Over that past year or so, many were blessed to be able to attend church virtually, because actual attendance put them at risk. It was a good substitute for the time. It was easy. It was comfortable. But it was not community. It was not fellowship. It lacked accountability. The time will soon come, it may already be here where you are, when you will have to choose. Choose the ease, comfort and “off the grid” accountability of virtual church, or return to the fold.
My Advice – You know what the Good Shepherd would want you to choose. The question is what will you choose? The truth is, you are still accountable to Him. The truth is, the remote control will not being you the kind of comfort you need in times of trial. The truth is you cannot fellowship with a LED screen.
Virtual is still a good choice for the shut-ins, but not those who choose to be shut in. Many of the shut-ins would love to have the choice you will soon need to make. What will you choose? Church life or church like?
Here’s the church and there’s the steeple.
Open [back up] and [where’s] all the people?