READ : 1 John 2:18-21
I cannot understand it. All of these people have been instructed in the fundamentals of the Christian faith. All of them vowed an undying allegiance to the Savior. Why does their church mean so little to them? Why are they so seldom at worship? Why do they so seldom take part in the Lord’s Supper?
“What does Christianity really mean to them? Here is Mr. A and Mrs. B. They have made promises regarding more frequent church attendance and a renewed interest in church activities. But I seldom see them. Here is the card of young ______. He disappoints me. I wonder who his buddies are now. I saw him last week and he very noticeably avoided me. And here is Mary ______ and I had high hopes for her. But I have not seen Mary for many months.
“And here is Mr. C. who comes just often enough to avoid being dropped from membership. But I am sure his heart is not with the church. His contribution is all out of proportion to his income. The pity is that he has several growing children who are being influenced by his carelessness.” (Soliloquy of a pastor paging through the membership directory.)
“They went out from us,” wrote John. The good news is that wanderers can come back! Remember the Prodigal Son.
“Help me the slow of heart to move by some clear, winning word of love. Teach me the wayward feet to stay….” (Washington Gladden)