In his post Swanny asks a great question:
So, what would happen to your spiritual life if “church”, as I have defined it above, just ceased to exist?
I know that will not happen, but let’s say it does for kicks and giggles. Let’s say all “church” buildings are locked and banned from use, and then all “Christian” conferences, concerts, and seminars were no longer permitted, and all children’s youth groups are shut down, and all men and women ministries disbanded.
Also, all presentations, Easter pageants, Christmas plays become illegal, along with organized Christian counseling, food pantries, church-based homeless shelters, crisis hotlines, and church-run childcare & preschools. Then finally, every ordained minister’s credentials are revoked under threat of imprisonment, and the vocation of a pastor providing formal paid instruction to other believers is no longer allowed.
So, would your “walk” with Jesus be serious disrupted if you did not have a “church” to attend this Sunday or ever?
Is your “Christian” life wrapped up in a building, programs, ministries, and meetings?
Mine was, and I got the heck out of that “organized religion”. And you know who I finally found just sitting in the street, or laying in the gutter… Christ.
Those are great questions and probably a lot more pertinent than we think (and of course the post attracted the warning against "forsaking the gathering"!). The days when we don't have "church" might not be far off. Many Christians have lives so wrapped up in the weekly rituals of "church" that I wonder how they would react if they couldn't "go to church" anymore.
Ask yourself those questions. What would happen to your life if you had nowhere to go on Sunday. Would you still live your life following Christ? Or perhaps would you start to live your life that way?
Interesting food for thought.