What do churches, bars, and college football teams have in common? So many uncommitted people love to hop around and not stay with just one. People hop around bars to find better people and better times. Bandwaggoners hop around from team to team because they want to be seen as winners and never a loser. I think a lot of people would even family-hop if they could.
Why do people hop churches? Some are all about the entertainment and performance. If a better Jesus-show comes to town, they go to that. Others church hop because they run from their problems and broken relationships. But the biggest problem is usually with themselves since they never deal with sin. Others church hop simply because they’re never satisfied or content with anything.
Church hopping is okay…if we have a wrong view of the church. If the church is just a show, a time to be fed, or a time to sing…then there’s no big deal when it comes to church hopping. But if the church really is to be a picture of the kingdom of Christ, a community that commits to one another, a family that ministers to their community and to one another, and a flock that truly nutures one another in Christ…then church hopping is deeply evil, never satisfying, and always misses the point. Continue reading