It has recently been reported in the media that more and more people are switching from one church to another or one religion to another. This is contrary to the behavior of previous generations of Americans, who generally stuck with the church or religion of their upbringing. So, what’s the reason for all the church hopping (or church shopping) nowadays?
I believe this is happening because too many people are coming to church with the wrong attitude. The purpose of the Church is to praise, honor, and worship God and to advance His Kingdom on earth. It does not exist to make us feel good or give us some kind of high. Those who believe it does will never be satisfied very long with any church they attend. People have obviously become so self-centered these days that they even view the Church as something to manipulate for their personal gratification. On the contrary, we are to conform to what God’s Word demands – and not try to make it conform to our pre-conceived belief systems.
To paraphrase Jack Kennedy, Christians should not ask what the Church can do for them; they should ask what they can do for the Church. If Christians keep their eyes on a fixed point (i.e., the Word of God), they will not be influenced by what’s popular or trendy, or even their own feelings, for that matter. I will stick with my church even if everyone else forsakes it. I refuse to look around and see what everyone else is doing and let it influence me.