I have to admit that I have fallen prey to a very common activity that we humans have a passion to do – that’s procrastination. I have been intending to sit down and write this for several months but have let other things get in the way of what I should have been doing. No excuses on my part as I’m truly guilty on all counts.

Back in the 1960s – yes, I’m definitely old enough to have been there and young enough to be able to remember those days – there was a song that asked the question “Where have all the flowers gone?” Now that I’ve admitted to my age, it’s time to get down to the reason for this message.

I talk to people on a regular basis who claim to be Christian and have a relationship with God, but yet they haven’t been to church in years and have no intention of ever going back to church. Others that I visit with attend a couple times a year and feel that’s enough as they have done their duty and touched bases and made an appearance. Their responses and actions lead me to wonder if they ever pray, or even open up their Bibles during a year’s time.

I’m not pointing fingers as I write this, as I’ve done the same thing at times in my life, too. After a time of avoiding church, I realized that I was definitely not headed in the right direction with my life and was truly living a double-minded life as I was making excuses right and left why I didn’t need to be attending or involved with a church body. To those of you for whom this hits home, I urge you to attend a local congregation so you can receive the many blessings of sharing life and God with others.

James 4:8 – “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

The Rev. Al Altnow is the pastor at First Christian Church in John Day.

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