What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you think of church? Anglican building, circa 18th Century? Cold, hard pews? Harry Secombe’s Highway? Aled Jones in a frock? Big hats?
It’s Sunday morning. You want to have a lie-in, read the paper, watch funny cat videos, consume breakfast in bed. The last thing you want to do is drag yourself out of bed, and get suited n’ booted, so you can fall asleep listening to some old goat droning on about how you’re going to Hell if you don’t “get it together”.
If that’s your view of church then you either watch too much TV, or you’ve been going to the *wrong* kind of church. Old fangled churches steeped in religiosity are fine for some people, but it’s like filling your car with the wrong kind of petrol if it’s not for you. There’s different types of church for different types of people, but they’re still “church”, like petrol may be petrol, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right kind of petrol for your car.
There’s also a huge difference between Churchgoers and Christians. Churchgoers attend church every Sunday morning, and they might even dip into the occasional church event like a prayer group or bible study, but they do it because it’s “the done thing” or because they think it’s “expected” of them. That’s called religion.
Christians live the dream 24/7. Going to work and hanging out with friends is “church”. They can even pray on the toilet at 4am on a Monday morning. Sure, they may attend a church building once a week, but it’s only one day out of seven where they worship and spend time with God. That’s called a relationship.
Riverdale isn’t about religion. Riverdale is about relationships.