One reason why Christians are not faithful in church attendance is not that they doubt their faith or don’t like the church, but because no one is holding them accountable. Your boss will notice if you do not show up to work because they are paying you to come in and complete your share of the workload. When you’re held accountable to church, your fellow members are expecting you to show up to work your share of the body of Christ.
Gyms give you no more than a week of free access and then you have to start paying to become a member. The church is the only place I know where you can come forever and never be required to become a member. Here are a few reasons why Christians do not want to become a member of a church.
- No one calls you when you miss a Sunday. I know that sometimes it is irritating when church members assume you’re sick or dying just because you missed one Sunday, but it is also reassuring to know that people notice when you’re not at church, that people know you by name and not just a face in the crowd.
- No one expects you to tithe. Not being a member of a church gives you the freedom to tithe when you want to, but when you are a member, you receive a tax deductible note of all your contributions to the church, which you can file your tax return. So, being held accountable for your tithes saves you more money than not being recognized for your tithes.
- 3. When you do show up, you have to do nothing but sit there. Not being a member gives you the freedom to come to church whenever you get there because you have no responsibilities. Ushers, Choir members, and Sunday School teachers all have to show up before Sunday School starts. I’m the church photographer, and I have to be at church before the regular service starts. As the one and only photographer, I am standing up throughout the service taking photos and videos. When I’m not doing photography, I am ushering. Therefore, there is never a Sunday when I am sitting down throughout the service.
Becoming a member of my church has helped me grow in my faith because now I am held accountable to show up Sunday. I cannot skip church because I want to sleep in, or watch a football game. If I choose not to tithe, then more than just me and God will know. One time the pastor said that there is a member who has never tithed. He didn’t call out names, but I would be embarrassed if that was me. God bless them if there are circumstances out of their control that prevent them from tithing, but I know if my pastor knew that then he wouldn’t have mentioned it.
I encourage all Christians to find a church and become a member to help yourselves be held accountable for your service. You’re responsible for all other things in your life like your job, your relationships, and everything else you’re a member of, so why not have accountability for your faith.