SPRINGFIELD, MO. One Sunday afternoon I accompanied a friend
to a local country club. The golfers in our foursome were kind and
generous, offering to buy me lunch and inviting me to join them
next Sunday for another 18 holes. They made me feel welcome and
"Id love to join the group," I replied, "but
Im involved in church on Sundays. Why dont you guys
come with me some week?"
One smiled, saying, "Really, I get all I need right here."
Another said he didnt want to sacrifice his regular tee time.
While others opted to lift their hands in church each week, these
men preferred to swing golf clubs. The country club had become their
church a sanctuary of fresh air and green fairways. It was
a recreational church where they could forget their cares for a
few hours and find fellowship around a table of beers.
Many fathers, week after week, spend Sundays at the recreational
churches of their choice: sports arenas, lakes, ski slopes, hunting
trails, campsites and more. Meanwhile their families suffer. Children
fail to learn Gods Word. Teens dont interact with young
people who love God. Parents are disconnected from friends who could
share their burdens. Most importantly, they sacrifice intimacy with
a loving God for a few hours of rest and recreation.
Activities such as golfing and hiking are profitable for the mind
and body. But nothing is as satisfying as spending time in a church
service when the Holy Spirit is moving and ministering. Its
one thing to hear birds singing on a fairway; its another
to hear the voice of God speaking to your heart.
Children should experience the thrill of watching a quarterback
throw a touchdown pass and know the feeling of a brook trout biting
a hook, but God wants to give them experiences in His house that
will shape their lives and secure their future.
Sunday is more than a day of rest; its an opportu nity for
the man of the house to demonstrate his priorities to God and his