The Exigent Duality
Why Go to Church? - 07:41 CDT, 8/21/22 (Sniper)
One of my daughter's atheistic friends was testing her yesterday: "Why do you go to church?" "Why do you feel like you have to go?" "Why do you go to church?" "But why?" And so forth. This got me thinking: why do we go to church? Five responses immediately came to mind.

  1. God wants us to be pleasing to Him. There is perhaps no better way than showing our commitment to Him in such an actionable way-- metaphorically putting our money where our mouths are.

  2. We want to feel closer to God. No better way than to go to the church, which is His own house.

  3. We know that the only way to enter into communion with the other members of the church, both living and passed, along with the saints, is to partake of the Eucharist. Church is where we do so.

  4. Why do we stop at red lights? Because as part of society or any organization, there are certain rules we follow, because things work better that way. As members of the Catholic Church, we stop at right lights-- we observe the Sunday Obligation.

  5. Every time I've seen someon fall off of God's path, things go sideways for them. Conversely, studies and my own observations show that people on God's path are happier and more at peace. If you are on God's path, you will want to go to church. If you are not, you'll ask questions like "Why do you go to church?"

I discussed these things with my daughter, and she agreed yet replied, "But I get bored in church." I gave her a metaphor: "Which would you rather eat: a quadruple bacon cheeseburger, or a bowl of broccoli?" She immediately grasped the point.

Satan is often presented in the Bible and elsewhere as a beautiful figure. He often tempts us with shiny objects. But too many shiny objects and a hedonistic lifestyle do not pave the way to God's kingdom, nor do they confer sustainable happiness.