If you’ve ever tried to convince your non-religious friends to start going to church, Parents.com contributor Nick Shell offers several scientific reasons that might help sway them:
▪ Family values: “Church is a great place to get moral reinforcement [because] pop culture, everyday life, and even our own negativity can be a drag on our ideal personal standards.”
▪ Motivation: “Imagine the hope that comes out of the belief that the creator of this universe not only loves you but has a plan for your life. When you belong to a church, you are exposed to a way of thinking that ultimately affects how you see the world, yourself, and others.”
▪ Opportunities to help others: “You’d be amazed at some of the unique ways you can help others and your community through your church. It is likely you will find a venue to serve others in a way that is framed around your talents and abilities.”
▪ Routine: “When you expose yourself and your kids to all this positivity every week, after a while you’re bound to see a noticeable difference in the way your family interacts.”
For where two or three are gathered…I am among them. (Matthew 18:20)
Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.