I have noticed that a lot of us in the church are keen on having people “take responsibility” for themselves and their church experience.
Didn’t enjoy the preaching? Well, it’s your responsibility to get something out of the service. Come on, now.
Disappeared for three weeks and no one noticed or cared? Well, it’s your responsibility to notify the church if there’s an emergency or a problem we should pray about. Do you expect us to keep up with every single need?
Feel lonely, abandoned, or left out? Well, it’s your responsibility to get involved. We only have ten thousand small groups you can join.
I want to point out that these exhortations to take responsibility from believers often come from a good place. It is true that, with the right mindset, you can often glean more from a worship experience than you might otherwise if you simply shut down…
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