This state usually begins with a logical excuse. Perhaps, you’re traveling, on vacation or under the weather so you decide to skip church. Like any other form of compromise, the second time is always easier, sleeping in after a long week at work. If this pattern continues, it won’t be long until you become an absentee Christian.
For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out, Romans 7:18.
In election years, the phrase absentee voters is a common term. This applies to students going out of state to attend college or someone who spends weeks on the road for business trips. If you plan ahead, anyone can request an absentee ballot which you can fill out and mail to insure your vote counts. Unfortunately, absentee Christians tend to be wayward souls who don’t have a church home, have lost faith or are caught somewhere in between.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective, James 5:16.
When I awoke this morning, I can’t deny the truth any longer, I have become an absentee Christian. Sure, I could use my recent surgery and night work schedule as an excuse, but God isn’t pleased with my lack of obedience. All I can do is follow the example set by Jesus’ earthly brother, to publicly confess my sins so that healing will come quickly. As for now, I’m a humbled absentee Christian trying to get back where the Lord wants me to be.
by Jay Mankus