The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!”
This is an unavoidable problem like illness. Weather can be severe enough to keep anyone from attending church, whether it be extreme snow and ice, or severe thunder and lightning. There are times when no one should be outside. If the weather is too serious to even creep out of your door, then don’t come. Something as simple as dark can be a hazard for someone who cannot drive at night.
But like illness, weather can be an excuse. Don’t be like the one who peeks outside, and if the weather is uncomfortable, decides to stay in bed. Bad weather will come and go, but don’t start telling yourself that I can’t go to church today because it might rain, or, “It sure looks cloudy out there. I better stay home.” Honestly, for those able-bodied this should rarely be a reason to avoid going to church.
Using this as an excuse is actually much more revealing. One who stays home because “it just doesn’t look good outside” is someone looking for a reason. Honestly, there have been days when snow was piled up a foot or two deep, but I went over and unlocked the church. I can’t wait to get to church on Sunday morning. It just feels right to me, and if I have to weather a bit of weather to do it, that just makes it a challenge. The non-Christian is certainly discouraged by unfavorable weather, but a warm and inviting Church can conquer weather.