You should never forsake going to church for the sake of a job.

This pious belief—usually touted by those who work a Monday-thru-Friday schedule—is based partly on Hebrews 10:25, where it admonishes Christians not to forsake the assembly. We’ve been taught that this means “don’t skip going to church.” The argument then follows that forsaking the assembly means you can’t partake of the Lord’s Supper, worship with other Christians, etc. Is God more concerned with church attendance rather than taking care of one’s family?

The gist of Hebrews 10:25 has little to do with Sunday morning worship service, but was written in the context where Jewish Christians were under tremendous pressure to forsake Christianity and return to the Mosaic system.

Where’s the priority? In today’s job market, where Sunday has become another workday, Christians are faced with a tough choice. To answer the dilemma, most churches offer evening and mid-week services. Yet because some seem to think that the Sunday morning worship service counts more than the evening service, they see a job as “serving mammon instead of serving God.” Bogus nonsense that usually comes from someone working a Monday-Friday schedule. What about the military, where a person is technically “on the clock” 24/7?

Contrary to what some preacher may say, God wants you to take care of your family first. “Going to church” (a bogus statement to begin with) is secondary:

If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1 Tim 5:8)

If providing for your family means working on Sunday, so be it. Go to the evening service instead. Paul addressed this very issue, where Christians were scolding one another for not worshipping on days some thought were “more holy”:

Who are you to judge someone else’s servant?…One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord…You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother?…So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. (Rom 14:4-13)

Christianity is not about church attendance, although that should be a part of every Christian’s walk. Nor were the New Testament letters written in the context of Sunday morning worship services. Ninety percent of what is written there is for everyday living.

There are preachers who think everyone should be at church on Sunday morning so that attendees can hang on every word that comes out of their mouths. More importantly, an absent body means less money in the offering plate.