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Wait, I Left…What?!?

Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 12.50.43 PMIf you’ve been following BREXIT, then you know what a wild week this has been. In voting to leave the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom shook up the political and financial world. But the thing that really seemed to anger the Internet is what happened afterward: Brits allegedly Googled en masse: “What is the EU?” AFTER the vote.

As might be expected, this news caused a stir. Were they really that ill-informed? Economies were wrecked! Fortunes evaporated! The pound was devalued! Mass BRysteria!!! Could they be that obtuse? Well, not exactly.

Many Brits did Google “What is the EU?,” or EU related questions after the vote, but it was thousands, not millions. Google recorded a high percentage of EU searches because of the time of day – between midnight and 4am. “What is the EU?” was, in deed asked several times, but it wasn’t nearly the outrage the internet thought it was.

Still, undeniably, many were ill-informed voters. And it raises a great question: are we informed about the decisions we make?

People in America are encouraged to vote. But they aren’t always well-informed. Campaign rhetoric riles people up, and they vote based on emotion. Then, (sometimes) they become better informed when it is too late. Emotional, rash decision are typically regrettable.

The church is not immune to this behavior either. Occasionally, people leave the church due to emotions, not facts. Only after they leave, do some bother to learn the importance of what they left.

I’ve sat down with people who have left the church. Many never understood what the church really was. They thought they could maintain a relationship with God on their own, without His church.

And then I tell them that God is the Head of the church (Colossians 1:18). I teach them that we enter into Christ (Galatians 3:27), whose body is the church (1 Corinthians 12:27). Jesus died because of His love for the church (Ephesians 5:25).

And, those who are willing to search the scriptures and see for themselves, finally understand and react, “wait, I left…what?!?”

Become informed about how important the church is before you cast a vote to leave it. And if you’ve left…consider coming back. Unlike BREXIT, it doesn’t matter what those around you choose. In fact, no one can choose for you. Come back today to God’s open arms; He stands ready to receive you!

Missing and Missed

missing metMatt Harvey drives to work just like millions of Americans. This week, Matt Harvey left later than he should have. And like millions of people in NYC, Matt got stuck in traffic.

None of this would be news for most of us. Who hasn’t left a little late and gotten stuck in traffic? But Matt Harvey is the starting pitcher for the NY Mets, and the “work” he missed was a playoff practice!

When professional athletes don’t show up for a practice, the coaches, the players, and the media want to know why. And the news hits the headlines. Why? Professional athletes live very public lives.

Most of us don’t live under that scrutiny. If we are running late, we call and say we are running late. If we get stuck in traffic, we get stuck in traffic. But the press doesn’t put our tardiness in the paper. Yet, we are still expected to be where we say we will be.

I guess the obvious example would be your place of employment…the J.O.B. If you don’t show up for work, people would wonder why. And you would want them to notice. In fact, if no one noticed your absence at work, it probably means a pink slip is in your future.

What about church attendance? We are called to “not forsake” the assembly (Hebrews 10:25). In other words, don’t make missing the assembly your regular practice. But even more than missing worship, my question is…were you missed?

Is your absence noticed or expected? How would you react if an elder, minister, or member called to check on you? Insulted or appreciative? Every part of the Lord’s body, the church, is an important member of the team…and your presence is beneficial to all. Do you worship where others notice your presence?

But even more than church attendance, what about heaven? Will you be missing? If you haven’t lived in Him, you will be missed on that day. But, sadly, there won’t be any phone calls from people asking where you are.

Give it some thought…then decide to live in Him every day!