Be All In

26 Apr

After spending two weeks in Russia, I often struggle when I return to the States. After seeing the commitment of my brothers and sisters in Russia, I question the habits of my church going friends in America.

During my first week in Anapa, one pastor and his friends drove nine hours to attend the three day class on the book of Revelation. Another pastor and two people came five hours by car and ferry to attend the class. All who attended carved out three days from their schedules to be present.

During my second week in Elista, the group did the preclass assignment in order to attend. They also rearranged their schedules to attend the three day course. Because of fear of persecution, they changed locations overnight and adapted their schedules accordingly. Though cautious, they came and did not stay away.

When I come home, I deal with those who are far less committed. Those who attend church once or twice a month and consider themselves regular attenders. Those who attend but never get involved. Those who observe but never participate. Those who are present but who defer when asked to serve. Those who keep their membership at one church but attend a different church. Those who never commit to anything because they want to keep their options open.

For the former, church is a matter of commitment. For the latter, church seems to be a matter of convenience.

Maybe it’s the jet lag talking, but I don’t get it.

1 Comment

Posted by on April 26, 2018 in Church, Culture, Russia


One response to “Be All In

  1. Tom Fowler

    April 26, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    I understand how you feel having visited those places and seeing their commitment to their faith. In the future you may want to wait until you’re over the jet lag to greet your flock in writing.


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