I just read some strange statistics. According to a recent Gallup pole, average weekly attendance at worship services has risen to 43% of the population. This is a twenty year high. But the Barna Research Group reports that only 28% of Americans believe that the local church has any relevance to the way we live. This really seems strange. But the fact is, many people purposefully attend church where little is expected of them. They are on the road of least resistance. And they like it just fine that way.
But Jesus puts this into proper context. Listen, “Enter by the narrow gate, for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction. And many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). What Jesus is telling us is simple. A lot of people are drifting through life. They are going down the wide road, following the crowd. They have little care for eternal things, and even though Jesus says this wide road leads to destruction, they couldn’t care less. After all, they have been in tight spots before and gotten out.
The same thing applies in the afterlife, they think. They don’t take Jesus seriously because they don’t take the Bible seriously. And when Jesus says only the narrow road leads to life, they laugh. They are on the road, the broad road, and glad of it, even if they go to church. But this means that even while they are going to church they are drifting away from Christ. And if this is true, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3). That’s a good question, and I attempt to answer it in a message called, “Drifting Away From Christ.” Please click here and listen.