165 hours

That’s how long most church people are not in church.

Three hours covers showing up, parking, coming in, chatting, being part of a Sunday school class and a church service, picking up the kids, and heading for home or to McDonalds.

And that feels like a long morning, like a huge amount of time at church, like a pretty big investment for God.

And I refuse to say, “But if you were really committed, you would come some other time.”

And I refuse to say, “We spend much more time than that on a football game/movie and dinner/sleeping in front of the TV/other things that people say to make people feel guilty.”

I don’t refuse to say, however, that for the other 165 hours that church people are not IN church, they still ARE church.

Or could be.

If we wanted to figure out how church can actually mean something in real life. Or, more accurately, if we wanted to figure out how Jesus can actually be.

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One response to “165 hours

  1. One of my professors used to say that Americans have a ‘negotiated secularity’ meaning we have learned how to compartmentalize our faith. We can enjoy church on Sunday, but that has relatively little impact on the rest of the week.

    According to him, this is what has allowed America to be the only country in the West where conservative religious practice still flourishes (though that is changing). It’s one of the ways that religious practice in America is different from other western countries.

    Can we change that? How? These are the difficult questions.