One of my pet annoyances is talk about “going to church”. You know the scenarios. Mum and Dad rushing kids to the car, “Come on, we’ll be late to church”. Teenagers organizing their social life, “Hey, let’s meet after church”.
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. Acts 17:24
To speak of church this way is to fundamentally misunderstand church. Church is not some place we go, it is who we are. The building is not the church, we are!
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. Ephesians 2:19-20
This annoyance turns to exacerbation when I hear “going to church” talk coming from supposedly “aware” Christians. Because it’s not what we say in our thinking moments that reveals our deep thoughts, it’s what we say in our unthinking moments. “Oh, it was a casual slip”. Well, yes, it was a slip, but there was nothing casual about it. The roots of this distorted teaching go deeper than we’d care to admit. It needs to be weeded out.
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16
So, let us resolve never to go to church again.