“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities — His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” — Romans 1:20
A precious church member told me recently that she had encountered her first self-professed atheist. She was shocked and amazed at his bluntness in rejecting Christianity. Empty excuses and reasoning were all he could offer for his rejection.
People who reject Jesus Christ and do not attend church often give some rather interesting reasons for not doing so. To show the weakness of those excuses, someone has compiled a humorous list called “Ten Reasons I Never Wash.” Consider this list:
1. I was forced to wash as a child.
2. People who wash are hypocrites — they think they’re cleaner than
3. There are so many kinds of soap, I could never decide which was
4. I used to wash, but it got boring.
5. I wash only at Christmas or Easter.
6. None of my friends wash.
7. I’ll start washing when I am older.
8. I really don’t have time.
9. The bathroom isn’t warm enough.
10. People who make soap are only after your money.
The application is obvious. Most excuses for not going to church are weak. So too are reasons people offer for not giving thought to spiritual issues and for not surrendering to Christ as Lord and Savior. Despite the self-evident reality of a Creator (Romans 1:19-20) and the “many infallible proofs” that Christ is all He claimed to be (Acts 1:3), people often use ridiculous, self-serving excuses as reasons to avoid a relationship with the Lord. The apostle Paul warned, “They are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
When it comes to something as serious as your spiritual condition, don’t be caught making excuses. Write down your excuses for not coming to God with your whole heart; for not serving Him with your whole heart. Read these excuses aloud and notice how silly they sound. Then think about eternity and what is at stake.
I believe if we will be honest with ourselves we will see that there is no good excuse for ignoring God…or worshipping Him this Sunday.