Yesterday, I had lots of housework to do (it often happens in a 6-person family). I turned on my computer and streamed some worship music while I stacked the dishwasher. I had the house to myself, so I turned up the speakers and sang my heart out as I worked. I had space to focus on God without feeling self-conscious.
Next, I downloaded a sermon to listen to while folding an enormous pile of laundry that had somehow accumulated. It was pretty good, actually. The housework helped me stay focused and alert, more than I often am while sitting still and listening to one person talk. I was even able to pause the podcast, to cross-check a couple of points on my Bible app. I wouldn’t be able to do that in church.
This raises a question. Most churches offer a weekly opportunity for singing and a sermon and call it “church”. Why can’t I call my online experience yesterday “church”? Seriously, why can’t I?
PLEASE NOTE: For those who didn’t pick it up, this article is ironic. I do NOT believe we can experience “church” in isolation. The very concept is at odds with the biblical description of church. I am trying to point out that what is offered in many church services is also at odds with the biblical description of church. -Kathleen