Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

Why Go To Church?

“I can still be a Christian and not go to church,” some say.
Well, that’s somewhat true, of course, but one should go anyway.
Why? Because Christ built the Church -- in fact, He’s it’s architect,
Thus, when we don’t go to church, it’s Head is denied respect.

Yes, Christ’s the Head of the Church, which His Word makes very clear,
It also mentions elders, who, for each church are to care.
Thus, what Christ Himself set up, a Christian should not forsake, 
But rather, on God’s Holy day, a path to their church should take.

Yes, our Saviour loves His Church, He considers it His bride,
Hence His wedding banquet that with His coming will coincide.
When the saints are up in Heaven, they’ll worship Him there too
As they all meet together; for homage He’ll still be due.

The Church is His family, a family for whom He bled,
One that’s made up of members who revere Him as their Head.
Yes, sinners who’ve repented, who join together to praise
The creator of the Church that Satan’s tried to erase.

Christ created and designed this great organization,
That stands as a witness, a flag, throughout each generation.
And He isn’t just it’s Founder, for He’s it’s tenant as well,
Whose Spirit dwells within it, hence why church pews we should fill.

Each church is a beacon shining brightly in each community,
But only when it reflects Christ’s will, love and unity.
It’s a beacon that is dimmed when it’s members stay away,
Thereby showing indifference, and via such, they Christ betray.

When Christians don’t go to church, they turn their back on God’s will,
And show they hardly love Him, for those who love Him, His will fulfill.
So, let’s take very seriously all He would have us do,
For though He doesn’t force us, willingness shows our love’s true.

Naturally there’re good reasons why some can’t go to church,
Yes, reasons, not excuses, for which many seem to search.
Our Lord is understanding if we’ve a good reason why,
But a selfish, or childish excuse, is something Christ won’t buy.

Yes, there may be hypocrites residing within a church,
And yes, you could well find some should you be bothered to search.
However, that’s not Christ’s fault, so don’t refrain from going
Just because some act falsely, or Christ–like love aren’t showing.

Those who truly love their Lord will carry out their Lord’s will,
They will not make excuses, nor let hypocrites repel.
They’ll fellowship with others who in churches meet each week,
They’ll play their part in worship, and corporately Christ seek.

Some feel they can’t attend church, thinking they don’t belong there,
That they’re too big a sinner, and that at them, some might sneer.
But those you see in churches are sinners also, and born so, too
Who’re worshiping in a church because Christ has asked them to.

It’s a hospital for sinners, a workshop for saints to be,
A place for Holy worship, a house of prayer, a sanctuary.
In other words, friend, a church, a place Christ has set apart,
Yes, a church with front doors open as wide as its Builder’s heart.

By Lance Landall

“Not forsaking [neglecting] the assembling of ourselves together [for the purpose of worship], as is  the manner of some [those who neglect to do so], but exhorting [encouraging] one another, and  so much the more as you see the Day [the Second Coming] approaching” (Heb 10:25, NKJV).

“His [God’s] intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made  known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose  which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph 3:10,11, NIV).