God doesn’t keep attendance records
Sometimes you hear the most surprising insights in the least expected places. This line is spoken by the character Amy Farrah Fowler in the Big Bang Theory after Sheldon has told her that his mother expects him to go to church once a year.
“I don’t object to the concept of a deity, but I’m baffled by the notion of one that take attendance.”
Amy makes a good point, after all God doesn’t keep church attendance records and we baffle those outside the church when we give the impression he does. God is far more interested in people’s character than in their outward observance to rituals. Jesus made this perfect clear in his dealings with the Pharisees (Matthew 23).
Many persist with the notion that we can impress God with our traditions and ceremonies rather than with a heart attitude that seeks God.