I‘m going to save everyone the pain of reading through my explanation as to where I’ve been and whatnot, It’s really too late in the year for that- so let’s let bygones be bygones. Besides, you’re better off without any shady form of explanation from me, I assure you. I’m here now, and that’s all that matters. The year has been crazy for the most part, and I’m sure a lot of us can’t wait to get it over with. In my usual fashion of not sticking to the norm, I won’t treat you like babies and give you a ‘review of the year’ post like you didn’t just experience it yourselves, instead, I’m going to talk about something that always weighs heavy on my mind especially this time of the year.
Before I get into it, let me give you a quick backstory. Yesterday I was on the phone with an old friend, someone I consider religious. While we were speaking, she asked me what I intended to do for crossover seen as each year before this one I always attend a church cross-over service to ring in the new year. I answered that question and it got us talking. The said person pointed out to me that she hadn’t attended any crossover service or been to church on New Year’s Day in almost 4 years. As a matter of fact, last year as opposed to going to church she went to see the ball drop at Times Square, New York, and then went back home. No church, nothing. At this point, the discussion begged the question I’d always had in my head of what’s the difference between going to church to ring in the New Year and attending a party/social gathering instead?
Is going to church for crossover a guarantee that you will have a good year, or is not attending a determinant of you having a bad year? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a religious person, but I can say with first-hand experience that not going to church for crossover in this side of the world definitely feels like a sin. Is it a sin borne out of years of mental conditioning or is it an actual sin? That is left to be decided. What would you say of the people that don’t really care much for church crossovers and party into the New Year but still knocked out their goals, or people that struggle immensely during the year even after the New Year services? We concluded with her saying in her opinion, people who spend their crossover outside the church have more faith than people that spend it in church.
Subsequently, I had a similar discussion with another deeply religious person who disagreed with the above statement, saying religion is a personal thing. Deciding on where to spend your crossover is also a personal decision, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with either. When I asked her if not attending crossover service made a person less Christian, she replied by saying that personal as it is, certain things are expected of you as a Christian. Being a Christian, people would automatically expect that you should spend your crossover in church, as opposed to anywhere else. What does it mean now that a lot of crossover services are going to be online? No definitive satisfactory response from both discussions because I tend to agree with both. Sometimes you love to fellowship with the body of Christ and sometimes you can do something else, doesn’t make you less or more. Keep in mind that Christianity is being Christ-like not being Christ himself. Either way, neither a church service nor a party is a determinant of you having an amazing year. That being said, I wish you the best in this New Year. A year in which all your dreams come true. Peace and Love