Published March 7, 2017

Shelia Shares
"The Hokey Pokey"

     You put your right leg in,
     You take your right leg out,
     You put your right leg in,
     And you shake it all about,
     You do the hokey pokey
     And you turn yourself around
     That what it's all about.

Sometimes we treat God and Christianity like the hokey pokey. Let me try to explain.

We go to church But, we sit in the back row and sneak out as soon as the "Amen" is said. We attend Sunday morning church. But, don't expect us to get there for Sunday school or for small groups or for Bible study. Don't ask us to help with Awana, ushering or serving in the nursery. When we come to church, we've certainly done our share. We've put our leg in. We're not shaking it any more.

Maybe we don't go to church. We visited a few churches but none of them felt comfortable, so we just stay home. The people "don't care" if we are there. No one makes a special effort to talk with us. They all knew each other so we just didn't fit in. We can watch TV preachers and that is good enough for us. Why should we gather with other people to worship? Churches have problems and we don't need to put our arm into that mess.

We read a Bible verse and paragraph about the verse. We have met the requirements of daily Bible reading. Don't expect us to spend 15 minutes a day in the Word. That is a lot of time to "waste" and, really, it's not that interesting. And, what does Isaiah have to say of value about today's world? Why would we read that?

"Thank you for the world so sweet. Thank you for the food we eat. Thank you for the birds that sing, Thank you God for everything." We pray for each meal...if we are at home. There is no need to pray at a restaurant, since that only makes people – others and us – uncomfortable.

We pray at meals — when we remember. Otherwise, God knows what we need, so there really is no reason to spend time praying unless a big need arises. Besides, our mind wanders when we pray and so it really is wasted time.

We tried witnessing once and that didn't work out well. When we pointed out their sins, they got mad. We're not putting that leg in again and shaking it around. It just causes problems. We found out it works better if no one knows we're Christian. God knows — and that is what is important.

We're on the way to heaven and that is as far as it needs to go. No putting anything further in. No shaking it around and drawing attention to the fact that we know Jesus.

So... Do we treat God like the Hokey Pokey? Sometimes we put our arm or leg in just enough to consider ourselves Christian. We get involved just enough, but forget the day-to-day living for Christ. We stay on the fence with one leg in and one leg out. Then we seem to be settled on Jesus side, but then we turn ourselves around and forget our commitment and good intentions.

Our God deserves more than a half-hearted, on-and-off-again, type of devotion. He put His arms and legs and entire self "in" when He died for you. Forget the Hokey Pokey. Turn yourself around — and serve Jesus whole-heartedly. That's what it's really all about.

- Shelia

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