August 08, 2004

Afraid of Church?

Is it possible that some people are afraid of church?

I have been trying to get my step-dad to go to church with us. He keeps saying that he hasn't lost anything there and he isn't worried about his salvation. He believes in God and thinks that he can worship just fine from home. He thinks that the church is just full of hypocrites and there to take your money. He makes fun of our church when given the chance and he has never even attended the first service. Of course, he does it light-heartedly, but still refuses to even go and see what makes me and Mom want to continue going. My husband, the atheist, has been several times himself and would go again and again if he really thought that I wanted him to even though he wouldn't want to attend regularly.

I might be wrong, but I really think that he'd enjoy our church if he went. Maybe that is what he is afraid of. But why? Is he afraid that he'd have to eat some words or admit to something he doesn't want to admit to? :o) Men!! I've tried every trick in the book that I know of to try to get him to attend just once. I've asked him to go just once for me, I've offered to take him to lunch, promised to never bother him again if he goes one time..... Any other suggestions other than praying?

Posted by Barbara at August 8, 2004 04:25 PM

In regards to stepdad not going to church. There is no problem. Just tell him every one will go fishing after church and you will even furnish the bait. He will have his suit on and one shoe and halfway to church before you can even get to the car.

Posted by: Lee at August 12, 2004 08:04 PM

That's all it takes to get a man to go to church?! Well, then I will meet you there Sunday morning and we will change clothes afterwards at the bait shop. We will send Mom and Linda shopping or set them to baitin' hooks or somethin' like that. Wadda ya think? ;o)

Posted by: Barbara at August 13, 2004 07:19 AM