So in the midst of the snowstorm that is hitting the Midwest, I saw this tweet from Russell Moore:
If you'll leave home in the snow to earn your paycheck, but not to worship your Christ, then at least you can see who your god is.
The implication being that unless you get up this morning, get dressed up, bundle your family up and leave your house, you aren't worshiping.
It implies that the only proper way to worship Jesus requires that you leave your home to go to an arbitrarily declared sacred space on a specially designated day to hear a holy man deliver a prepared talk for an hour before you head to Cracker Barrel for lunch.
That idea of showing your faithfulness by getting in a car to go somewhere is sweet sounding to our culturally conditioned ears but does it fit with Scripture?
Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia. (Rom 16:3-5, see also 1 Cor 16:19)
Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. (Col 4:15)
Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Phil 1:1-3)
So apparently Prisca and Aquila, Nympha and Philemon didn't leave their house to "worship" because the church gathered in their home for fellowship. Paul seems to praise this, not condemn them for lacking the fortitude to "go to church". Does that mean that you have to meet in your house or at least someone's house to properly worship? Not at all but it does mean that you can't label one gathering "Christ worship" and another "Mammon worship" based on the kind of building you meet in.
It is snowing pretty hard here in Michigan and the roads are pretty slick. I am not going to load my children into our huge van just so I can demonstrate my commitment to Christ. I should hope that no Christian feels obligated to drive in risky road conditions (or even perfect driving conditions) to some building so that they can prove how pious and dedicated to Jesus Christ they are. I will gather my family around me today and open the Word of God and pray with them. I am quite sure that Paul, Timothy and the other original Christians would recognize that as worship and have no idea what is going on amidst the theater and showmanship that passes for "worship" in the traditional church culture.