Yesterday was Easter, which is of course one of the biggest church attendance days of the year.
Many churches make a big push, perhaps second only to Christmas, to lure people through the doors. There are massive Easter egg hunts, parties, and everything else you can imagine, I suppose to disguise the fact that church is actually supposed to be worship. Kind of like putting a nasty tasting dog pill inside a treat so he’ll eat it.
Sunday got all the attention, but today is Monday, and I wonder what people will do. Will we sleep in because we have the day off? Will we groggily go to work and talk about what a great weekend we had?
The thing is, there is a disconnect between Sunday and Monday.
Sunday, many churches spent a lot of time and effort and money, trying to show everyone how great they are, how exciting their programs are, how “relevant” their worship is.
But what happens on Monday?
Monday is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak. Monday is where relevance really happens. Sunday is a day off. Nothing bad happens on Sunday (kind of.) Monday is generally decried as awful. And Monday is when people remember that there is a disconnect between what we say we are, and what we really are.
We have a lot of Christians in this country, trying to tell everyone how great we all are, and a bunch of non-Christians who say that, actually, we are awful.
We can go to church and feel great about ourselves on Sunday. And a few people may show up and agree. But on Monday, all bets are off.
D.L. Moody had this thought that we were told to let our light shine in the world, and if we are doing that, we won’t have to tell people it’s shining.
I think we’ve got much of that backward. We have very little light shining, and a whole lot of people talking about the light.
Sunday puts everyone in a good light. We were all wearing our best pastel colored clothes. We were all in a good mood.
But today is Monday. Time to get to work and let that light shine.