It's that time of year where we hand out chocolate Easter eggs to our kids, we have barbecues with our families and for a lot of people we make our way to church.
It's interesting how we see an influx of new faces at Easter and Christmas and most people will agree that it's because of tradition. That's what their families did when they were younger, when Christianity was a little more popular or well received.
The mainstream bad press (among other societal changes) that the Christian church has received over the past 10 years has caused a decrease in those Christmas and Easter visitors that the local country church enjoys biannually. Many mainstream mega-churches plan amazing programs and displays for their Easter service, which I fully endorse! Praise God for the hours of work they do for their community!
I pray that people begin to realise that it is more than tradition that is drawing them to the church. It is not the political standing or the influence on culture either. Nor is it some archaic remnants of brainwashing that is still having it's effect on people. There is something inherent in all people that draws us to God. We were created from Himself. We are to be sustained by Him and returned to Him. Yes our bodies were made from the dust, are sustained by the dust (animals and plants living off of it) and that is where our bodies will return. But our spirit will live in Eternity. "Where?" is the question.
I encourage everyone to get along to their local Christian gospel-preaching church service this coming Easter. Not only because it's what has always been done, but in recognition that Christ longs to be more than what He is now with you.
Senior Pastor at Eternity Church.