I show up late for church consistently. Every Sunday I attend I’m late, and I mean every Sunday without fail. It’s hardly ever accidental either. I know what time service starts, I just don’t care to be there at that time. I take Sunday as a day of rest so that means I like to rest. I don’t rush around and get myself all frenzied because I’m running late for church. I used to, but not now (and it’s much better this way). In any event, I can’t be guilted into showing up on time either. I know what grace is and I know the liberty I have in Christ. So when preachers try to make the congregation feel guilty by saying things like, “oh, you give more honor to man by showing up on time for work than you give to God by turning up late for church,” I just smirk and think to myself: (1) I’ve showed up consistently late for every job I’ve ever had so that one doesn’t work on me, and (2) showing up on time for work isn’t about ‘honoring man,’ it’s about keeping your job so you can earn a living and pay your bills. God ain’t kicking people out of the Church for being late on Sundays but bosses can and do fire people for being late to work. I don’t know what this obsession with being on time is anyway. Who cares if someone shows up late? As long as their entrance doesn’t disrupt the service then what’s the harm?
What are your feelings on being on time, both for church or anything else?