It can’t be denied that most people’s lifestyle these days is much faster and so much more solitary than in previous generations. Not only are most of the population more compelled to work longer hours – some even have to juggle more than one job at once – they’re also pressured to work harder because of the competitiveness in the industry. Even students are constantly stressed because of their academic workload, not to mention the piling college debt they have to pay.
The world might be advancing, but it seems that people are constantly stumbling to keep up with the pace. The younger generation might have the advantage of better technology and improved standards of living, but society seems to grow impatient and materialistic. Moreover, even with the advent of the internet and social media connecting people to the world at a moment’s notice, an actual human connection isn’t as widespread as it used to. People, more often than not, just aren’t as enthusiastic to join social activities either because they don’t have the time or energy or because they’re too socially anxious to give it a go.
As a result, countless people have admitted to being too stressed and incredibly lonely. Social media addiction has made personal and professional successes a competition. The economy’s instability has discouraged many young hopefuls from dreaming high. And, to top it all off, most people feel overwhelmed with their fast-paced life yet don’t know who or where to ask for help.
Solace and Comfort in Church
Historically, a church has always provided the people with a sanctuary from the evils and hardships of the world. It’s the place where devotees seek comfort and peace in whenever they find themselves in trouble. Even when there’s no church service, people visit the church to pray or at least be alone in their thoughts for a while. The church has just the right kind of atmosphere for anyone to be able to gather their thoughts and calm themselves.
Which is why the recent rise of young people going to churchdespite not being religious (or even believing in the Christian god) is no surprise to many. An atheist going to a church isn’t as uncommon as some might be led to believe. Recent surveys showed that a fair percentage of the youth – mostly high school to college age students – admitted to going to churcha few times a week. These young people go to church whenever they feel the need to be in a quiet and peaceful place. They are comforted by the ambiance that the church provides, especially after a grueling work week or semester. They recognize the value of the church’s sacredness even if they don’t believe in the religion.
This goes to show how much people crave for inner peace these days. People are drawn to the church not only because of their faith but also because of the cathartic effects of simply being in a church. Even stepping inside the building and sitting down for a few moments is enough for a person to collect their thoughts and regain their energy. And with how fast-paced and chaotic the world is, everyone needs a place where they can feel safe and calm.
More Practical Reasons Why People Go to Church
Besides seeking solace, people go to church for some other reasonsas well. Some involve spiritual growth, others more to do with social and emotional support. Here are just a few other reasons:
Engaging in one’s community through church activities and events
Generally, the church organizes social activities a few times a year, whether it’s for a religious holiday (such as Easter and Christmas) or non-religious holiday. For many people, the church is their only opportunity to get to know their community or. Church activities are also casual enough for one to mingle with one’s peers but also formal enough for people to be obligated to maintain proper decorum.
One’s social circle can expand if one actively participates in one’s church. The people one meets and befriends at church are also often more diverse than in any other social environment since the church draws people from all walks of life. For those who love being around people (and for those who don’t do well around people and want to be better), a church is a great place to go to socialize.
Getting opportunities for outreach programs and leadership activities
Besides merely participating in events, one can also volunteer to help at the church. Most churches have regular charity drives where one can donate or volunteer at. One can experience the satisfaction of charity work and – for students and aspiring leaders – gain school credit from the volunteer work.
One can also hone one’s leadership skills by spearheading church activities. No matter how big or small a church is, they’re almost always short-staffed and undermanned. If one has the predilection for leading a team (or want to learn how to), volunteering at church can go a long way.
Having emotional support
If one is an active member of one’s church, the chances are that one has a good relationship with the other churchgoers. In times of trouble, one can rely on these friends for support and help. A friendship built on faith is undoubtedly strong and enduring. One will feel the people at church backing them in any of one’s endeavors, which can greatly boost one’s confidence and spirit.
Being able to replenish one’s energy and recollect one’s thoughts regularly
As mentioned earlier, in today’s environment, it’s more important than ever to find time to clear one’s thoughts to obtain inner peace. After all, it’s never a good idea to keep bottling up one’s troubles and negative emotions. It’s advised to refresh one’s mind once every week so that one will be able to face the next week with a stronger mind and disposition.
Attending a church serviceis one sure fire way to replenish one’s energy for the week. Not only will one be in a peaceful environment, but one is also encouraged to ponder the week’s scripture. More often than not, people find the answers to their problems listening to a sermon.
Being always reminded to strive to be better
Finally, people go to church so that they can be reminded that they have a duty as a Christianto always find ways to improve themselves. Church reminds one that one is merely human, prone to make mistakes and trouble, but that it’s okay as long as one makes sure to be better and do better in the future.