Surveys show that some churches are experiencing a decline in attendance. Experts give various reasons they think it is happening. I’m not an expert, but I see two compelling reasons in the Bible. Moses identified one when he told his people they should be very careful as they prosper, because in doing so, we tend to forget our need for God. Jesus alerts us to another reason. He said unity and love among His followers would be a powerful witness in winning others to Him. He prayed earnestly that His followers would be united. We read in John 17:21–22 when Jesus said to His Father, “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” God wants us to display such unity and love among ourselves that onlookers will see in us that God loves them. Since our country is a melting pot of various ethnic groups, we have a unique chance to show the world how much God loves them. Sadly, the greatest chasm of love and unity among ethnic groups in our country is between White and African Americans. If we ever fix that, it will be so dramatic that the rest of the world will take notice. Many will embrace our Lord, and I think, even church attendance will increase.
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