catholic-churchWritten By: Patrick Sullivan,

You can understand a lot about Christians simply by asking yourself about their behaviour. For example, Christians gather with other human beings just like you do, but sometimes, and quite frequently, the reason they gather is fundamentally different than non-Christians. And unless you understand the difference, your assessment of the practicing Christian will be skewed, and often, very far from the mark.

As far back as we can go, the Christian God, which is the same God of the Israelites, calls His people to gather about Him. And their gathering has a definite purpose. Often it is to make a sacrifice to highlight the fact that sin always brings death. Other times, the gathering takes place to give thanks for the many and varied ways that God bestows blessings on His people both now and in the past. Other times, they gather to learn from God’s holy writings. And still other times, Christians gather to worship the Lord, God with music and song.

Now notice what Christians are not doing. They are not getting together to pray to God as individuals, because obviously one could do that at home. They are not assembling just to center themselves or to search for inner peace, for God is the focus of their gathering and not themselves. And they are not coming together because it makes them feel good, although we all hope that happens from time to time. Like a family gathering again over Christmas, the family of God, which is what they call themselves, gather because they should.

Christian gatherings really are different, at least, whenever Christians are doing what God has called them to do.

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If publishing article online please attribute source Serviam Ministries with link to original article.

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