Coming to church is not a celebration of our captivity to God. Coming to church proclaims that we have not been taken in by the fern-bar quality of life that passes for reality. Coming to church testifies that we are dissatisfied with the second-rate and the second-best.
Coming to church is an affirmation that our desire, our heart's desire, the profound, inarticulate, groaning desire - as Paul said - for the love of God has not been satisfied or seduced by the gaudy tricks and pacifiers of this tedious age. We know there is more to it than this.
Peter Gomes, Strength for the Journey: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living