Hindus go to their temples and Muslims go their mosques, to perform their religious acts, The equivalent could be said for so many other religions. Accordingly, their buildings are places where you drop-in to to get your religion done and then go again. Not so with the faith of God.
God’s plan is for His people to come together and be church. The church by definition has a ‘called together’ metaphor within its meaning. Ekklesia literally means “called out ones”. We are called out from the world so as to be together. We do not come to church to do our religion we come to be together to worship, to learn, to sing, to interact.
Now in emergency situations online churches can be permissible. But surely that is not the way it should be. Rather we need to see each other faces and be together. This then conditions the rest of oust lives. Although we may not be physically together 24/7 there is a sense in which we are together all the time in spirit.
This theme is all aptly expressed in the Hymn “Blessed Be The Tie That Binds by John Fawcett:
- Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
- Before our Father’s throne,
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
Our comforts, and our cares.
- We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.
- When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.
If you claim to be a Christian and you are not a “meeting together” person then you are denying what you are called to be.