As it was Labor Day, and I’m a college student, I went home for the weekend. The main purpose was to rendezvous with my fellow bridesmaids and our bride (aka: sister dearest) to pick out the bridesmaids dress. However, as is my tradition when I go home, I informed my boss at the church I would like to work on Sunday. This is a natural concept to me because I love my group of children, and who doesn’t want to get paid? I mean, I would be going to church anyway; why not spend my time earning money while building the bond with my kids? No-brainer!
Or so I thought.
As the familiar families trickled into the classroom, I was met with surprised “hello’s” and questions such as “how is college going?” ‘Well, I’ve only been in school for a week so…’ I was astounded by the amount of times I was asked “You came home for the holiday and you’re here now? Wow! I wouldn’t!”
What. Wait. Hold on….we’re in church. On Sunday. What do you mean you wouldn’t go to church? You wouldn’t jump at the chance to play with kids, including your own child? Floored. Absolutely floored. But you know, I just smiled and laughed each time it was brought up, because what else would I say? ‘yeah, my plans to go to Europe fell through, so here I am!’ Like that’s even an option.
But let’s go ahead and address the important issue here. As Christians, we should enjoy gathering and praising God. As parents, we should be grateful to have kind-hearted people there to love on your child while you socialize. (because we all know church is more of a social situation than a religious one these days) I understand we’re all human and church might not be our favorite place to go, especially at 9 in the morning. Regardless, Christianity is more than simply showing up to church on Sunday’s. It’s service, love, and teaching our next generation to love as Christ did. Being a Christian is not a part-time job. ‘Job’ shouldn’t even be anywhere near the description. Just because I go home for the weekend doesn’t mean I need a holiday from church. That’s ridiculous! The fact that these parents were shocked by my commitment to their children and our church bothers me to no end. What has our religious body become? Or is it simply the fact that I’m a college student who, by stereotype, shouldn’t even be out of bed before noon on weekends unless it’s to puke out my hangover?
Do you have an opinion on the matter? Similar thoughts? Opposing thoughts? Let me know! I love discussions 🙂