Friday, June 23, 2006

Why I Didn't Go To Church On Fathers' Day

I could have easily refused my colleagues' request to come back to work on weekends. All I have to do is dish out my religious fervour and I'm spared from the misery. They have respect for our muslim clients' prayer time, so it won't be hard to say that "I need to go to church, please respect my religion"... Church + Religion - I have been pondering upon these 2 words for a long time now.

What is the purpose of church? Attending church service and singing songs and watching performances and listening to a sermon - if all these are an end in itself, then... No. I can't even imagine what it'll be like.
God = Love. A church without love is a church without God. Isn't it our job to point people towards God, towards the source of love? What's the use of church if we don't love? What's the use of prayer, worship, church service, cell group, youth ministry, evangelism, if we don't love?

My Indian colleague is near retirement age. I don't know how many chidren he has. I remember hearing him talking about his 2 sons. He had to work on Sunday - Fathers' Day. Judging from the 3 hours I spent at work, both of us really didn't need to show up that day. But I was glad I spent 3 hours with a father, helping him as much as I could. I didn't go to church because of him. I was compelled to go to work that day, but not by the pressure from my seniors, but by love. I didn't mention Jesus nor show him verses from the bible. I was just there to spend a moment of Fathers' Day with a father.


ming yan said...

dude, about the going to church fo what part, i totally feel you..heheh..have alwanted to say "feel you"... =)

in fact, nowadays i've been thinking that more happens when im at cell, than at church..i wonder if i should found a church that doesnt have sunday services, but rather only cell meetings, prayer meetings, discussion groups, mission trips (practical ones, not the once a year pay 4k to go paint some church in cambodia type ;p ), evangelistic gatherings and other useful stuff...hahaha...

we'll talk more about this next time ya...

Luke Chan said...

Thank you for being there for father - even if he is someone's else father. It's wonderful and beautiful when sons learn to become father to fathers.
Many fathers need refathering.
Dad is proud of you.