Rutz aptly describes the weekly church service as “doing little for the Kingdom except sitting in a row on Sundays looking at the back of someone’s head, and wondering if your team will win the afternoon game on TV. ...They get a benediction and hardy handshake at the door…after which [they] are supposed to go home and improvise [their] own lifestyle of state-of-the-art centered sainthood. … Both layman and pastors are starting to figure out what is wrong in that routine; it is like having a hockey team listen to the coach’s pep talk for an hour, and calling that ‘a game’ ”.
Individuals prescribing to be good Christians may tout how they are "serving the Lord". But the basic token of attending a church service is not service. Service involves the conscious act of reaching out to your fellow man. Webster defines service as work performed by one that serves, a contribution to the welfare of others.
Indeed there are many Christians with sincere and deeply-held beliefs. On the other hand, a lot of people who attempt to come across as Christians may simply know all the right words and appear to make the right moves, but what they don’t have is sincerity and authenticity. In reality, their day-to-day actions don’t really do much to confirm their beliefs. A true Christian is easy to spot. They are the ones actually doing things Jesus spoke of --- rather than just talking about it.
Wolfgang Simson, in his challenging book Houses That Changed The World, writes: "Jesus expects [Christians] to live a living faith, to live the truth He preached, or even we preach. And when Jesus was asked to explain more clearly what He meant, He said: “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Mt.25:35,36)
Bob Goff writes in his book Love Does, "God says to ordinary people like me and you that instead of closing our eyes and bowing our heads, sometimes He wants us to keep our eyes open for people in need, do something about it, and bow our whole lives to Him instead. ... God wants us to get some skin in the game and to help make a tangible difference. He wants us to battle injustice, to look out for orphans and widows, to give sacrificially."
Thankfully,in many places around the globe including
Furthermore, this concept of Christian “team players” is growing, so that “none but the cultist or culturally challenged diehard thinks that his is the only true church and font of all truth.”