NPR has an article on the Sunday Assembly, a “Church for the Godless,” that seeks to provide its members with the good things that people get from going to church (a sense of fellowship and community, impetus for self-improvement, etc.) without all that pesky God-talk. The picture that accompanies the story shows a bunch of people singing along to (we’re told) a pop song, looking joyful and enthusiastic. One person interviewed says, “I don’t believe in God, and so going to church, even with Unitarian church, it’s not so explicitly God-y, but there’s still some spirituality that just doesn’t resonate for me at all, so I’ve been hoping for this sort of community experience for a long time.”
As a Christian, I know I’m supposed to see this as a Very Bad Thing, but I don’t. I’m reminded of Lillian Daniel’s words on a very different topic, from the video above:
“You cannot shut God out of a school. You cannot shut God out of a school. It is absurd. What kind of God is this, pathetically, sadly, knocking at the door and it’s locked and God can’t get in?”
You can’t shut God out of a church, either. Least of all if you’re getting together to do good, build a healthy community, and listen to good music. That’s what God is, right?