Jack and Katy have been absent from our worship gatherings for the past four months. They aren't mad, they aren't bored, and they haven't given up their faith. They're simply preoccupied with the fixing up of their home. They readily admit missing their church family, but it seems that home improvement is just more important right now.
This is a scenario that's becoming more and more commonplace: worship within one's faith-community is taking a backseat to remodeled kitchens, replaced flooring, and reorganized garages. In the past five years, I've been amazed at the numbers of people who have chosen to miss our worship gatherings because of home improvement projects, including those considered leaders!
It just might be that home improvement is becoming a sin for some people. Should our homes be more important than our active participation in the body of Christ? The question seems ludicrous. But the "actions" of more and more people betray the fact that they must believe this is so. Our actions do speak louder than our words, and a person's (real) priorities are evidenced by what they do.
If the basic concept behind the New Testament's understanding of sin is "missing the mark", then it seems to me that home improvement is causing many people to sin. Maybe it's not the remodeling and such that is itself the sin, but rather that such things contribute/lead to a sin of omission: choosing not to gather with fellow believers for worship. Either way, I see a problem here.
But what is it exactly that compels people to spend so much time, money and energy on their homes? Do you see a problem here as well? Or is something else going on that I'm missing?