Take the Bait


We ought to go to church. I’ll share a little story that illustrates that. But first, a story of the preacher who did not go to church.

A rabbi, a priest, and a minister walk into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, “What is this, a joke?”

Yes, that would be a joke indeed. The idea that the rabbi, priest, and minister would be in a bar – instead of at church – is a joke. But unfortunately, this is too common a practice – not for rabbis, priests, and ministers – but for the rest of us.

Here’s the little story that illustrates that fact. Johnny arrived to Sunday School late. Miss Watkins, his teacher, knew that Johnny was usually very punctual and asked him if anything was wrong. Johnny said no, that he had gone fishing with his dad, but a couple hours ago, his dad told him to leave the lake and go to church.

Miss Watkins was very impressed and asked the lad if his dad had explained to him why it was more important for him to go to church than stay at the lake, fishing.

Johnny replied, “Yes, he did. Dad said he didn’t have enough bait left for both of us.”

What about you? Every Sunday, the world will present you with a thousand excuses to skip church. Follow Johnny’s example. Don’t take the bait.


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