Luke 11:23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
Everything seems to be going virtual these days. Recently, Beverly and I wanted to buy some new kitchen countertops. We went to one of the usual building supply stores and we were told they couldn’t sell us countertops in the store. In order to buy countertops we had to go to their website and buy them online. It didn’t make sense to me, so we went to another store where they had a real sales staff.
Now as bad as that might seem, a lot of people are doing the same thing with church. There are a lot of people going to church in the metaverse as they call it. They’re going to virtual church. They create an avatar, a fake digital person that looks like them, and then they go into a digital sanctuary and listen to digital musicians and a digital preacher as they interact with other fake avatars.
No matter how you look at it, that’s not church. Maybe it’s some kind of game, but it’s not church. As Christians we’re supposed to gather together, face to face, in-person. We’re not to forsake assembling together (Hebrews 10:25). We’re to eat together (1 Corinthians 11:33) and we’re to greet each other with a holy kiss (2 Corinthians 13:12). We’re to encourage each other and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11). We’re to have unity of mind, love each other, bear one another’s burdens, and provoke each other to good works.
None of that happens in the metaverse. It happens in real church, where real Christians gather together to worship in spirit and in truth.
Have a God Filled Week,
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