Why we go to church, continued

I haven’t added to this blog forever, but this one is too good to pass up.  Have you seen the new research on the health benefits of going to church?  This new study released by the American Medical Association confirms what has been hinted at in previous research –going to church increases one’s life span. So why are you staying in bed on Sunday mornings?  Do you think your morning paper and coffee are going to make you more healthy? Or that walk with the dog?  Well, yes they do. But, moreso does going to church.  Make it a part of your weekly health regimen.

Obviously, meaningful social interaction is involved here.  The private exercise of religion does not produce the same results.  But also, the study only involved Christians, mainly Catholic and Protestant. So, the research does not report on the religious practice in general, only Christian worship.

When I started this blog, I was candid about my intentions, which was to convince you to become a practicing Christian.  I can’t exactly rest my case because I know there will still be resistance, but, if you are still resisting, keep in mind that this is what Christianity is for –for dealing constructively with our resistance to that which is good for us. That which is good for us is a relationship with God, the God we know through Jesus Christ.      

About olafpastordale

Pastor at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, North Minneapolis

Posted on June 10, 2016, in St. Olaf Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. That’s interesting that church attendance could help you live longer. I feel like there would mostly be benefits to it. I’ll have to consider trying out some churches in my area.

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