People do not come to church because they do not know anything about God.
This sentence was near the top of a scrap of paper I picked up off a table where it had been left. The point the author was making was that people who know nothing about God are unlikely to come to church. The task for laity, then, is not to invite people to church — not at first — but to praise God. Talk about God around people, and some of them will get curious.
You have to tell people about God before they are going to be interested in showing up at church to learn more.
As I carried around that scrap of paper today, I thought about the way we have so few qualms about behaving this way about most of the things in our life: TV shows, music, restaurants, funny cat pictures on Facebook, even political stories. People just won’t shut up about things they like, unless it is God.
As the people who sing “O for a thousand tongues to sing, my great redeemer’s praise” I wonder why we have so little to say?