“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” - Romans 12:10-11
There are some areas in the world that are blessed with multiple congregations in close proximities. What a blessing to have so many Christians in one area. Would that we all could have that blessing.
There can be a temptation, thought it is not exclusive to areas with multiple congregations, it does seem to happen more in these areas, to find the church that suites them. In this, people get convinced that the congregation should fit them and serve their needs rather than serving and bearing with others. With this mentality, people often become “church shoppers” trying to find the perfect church. The fundamental problem is that we become “church critics” rather than worshipers and pupils. The focus is shifted from bearing burdens, showing honor, and brotherly affection to noisy children, off key singers, and long-winded speakers. The purpose of the congregation is abandoned in a whirlwind of self-service.
So, when you go to church on Sunday, don’t make it about you. Sing the hymns to praise God and edify others. Pray from the heart so God hears your prayers and not man. Listen to the teacher to learn. Commune to remember, and praise God for His goodness.