The topic statement: "I don't go to church because they...(fill in the blank)"
Response from a believer: "The same things occur work but you still go..."
My response to believer is below;
It has to do with levels of value and respect....What a person values is often allotted more respect. Society in the US (as the rule, not the exception) views church as a place to get their needs met. When people in said group (church) offend, the 'rule' is to use that offense as a measuring stick that works on behalf on the offense, but not necessarily those offended. Work however, as a rule, is a 'Source.'- People find ways to work out offenses and relational barriers when it comes to their Source. In the US, we tend to value our jobs more than we value humbling ourselves-again as the RULE, not the exception. Just addressing practices born and fueled by offense will result in people coming at you personally, transferring to you the FULL weight of the offense still influencing offended decision making. Offense is an effective distraction/barrier both ways- against attendees and non attendees alike. Stay focused.
When folks say why they don't do something, I have learned to say..."That's interesting..." and move on with other conversation. The truth is, none come to the Son save the Father draws them. And if He is not drawing, why are you? John 6:37, John 6:44
Is this a valid question? Let me know what you think. -Best, Shazzi