I have found myself in many conversations as of late that have revolved around the whys and why nots of going to church. So many have just stopped going for one reason or another. I am often heavy-handed in my responses because I have found the corporate worship of the church to be one of the most formative things I participate in on a regular basis. No, the church is not perfect. No, I am not perfect.
I also realize that "going to church" is often a disputed phrase. Many, Marva Dawn most notably, have railed against the phrase since the church is not a place so much as it is a people. I don't want to debate that here. In fact, I believe that the church is a we -- who we have been, who we are, and who we are becoming.
All I want to do here is ask the question "why did you stop going to church?" If you have stopped "going" for whatever reason I would love for you to share why; even if you have only left for a season for whatever reason. Please comment below. And feel free to post anonymously if you wish. Please do NOT comment as to why you think being a part of the church is good, important and/or essential. That will be for another post. If there are any responses along these lines I will most likely remove them. Yes, I will write some kind of follow up post to this, but I will do my best to keep my comments general and not specifically directed towards any of you.
This is not a debate. This is a conversation.