Jun 01, 2009 by Dave Condit | 0 Comments
I skipped church. I know that sounds terrible for a seminary student. I know there’s no rule in the Bible that says I have to go to church, but our Christian culture seems to take a dim view of missing this time of fellowship. Before you gasp and condemn my actions, let me soften the blow a little. I skipped my regular church, but I still did church in another way.
My wife, two boys and I held our own church service at the summit of Eagle Rock. This is a pinnacle of rock that sticks up in an open plain nestled between two mountain ranges. The climb is not too hard, and the view is amazing. The boys complained at the start but beat the adults to the summit with giant smiles of triumph. The view from the top was amazing.
My 11-year-old led the “church” service. We’re not some super pious family with little preacher kids. We’re just a regular foursome. My kids complain and whine just like everyone else’s. However, my son had memorized some Bible verses from previous schooling and volunteered to start us out. We didn’t talk about creation or anything outdoorsy. We talked about how to take responsibility for our own actions and thoughts. It was a good little service with all four of us involved in the discussion.
There was a small summit register at the top of the peak. For those of you unfamiliar with climbing mountains, a register is a container with paper where those who reach the summit write their name, date and a brief message. It is usually just a can or jar with some notebook paper. I opened the old mayonnaise jar and pulled out the scraps of paper. I started reading the little messages. I noticed a trend right away. Almost all the messages mentioned God and how the view confirmed their faith. As I looked at the notes, I wondered about those who just put a name and date.
While many of the climbers had mentioned God, some obviously did not, and it seemed reasonable that they may not have possessed a faith in God at the time of their summit experience. What struck we was the combined testimony they received from God and those who had written about Him. Imagine seeing that view and reading those words. How could one help but re-examine faith? I think Eagle Rock is an evangelist.