Have you stopped long enough to notice the high percentage of our populace that has no regard for God? Look them over. What do you see?
Here's what I see. Of that mixture there are just so many who are a decent sort; yet they give no indication of interest toward God. Why is that?
Don't you know why?
Well, let's begin with us. How many of us who know nothing about playing the banjo show up for a time of pickin' and grinnin'? None. How many who know zero about auto mechanics attend classes at night to learn? Very few.
Why, then, do we not get it that there are so many around us who do not participate with us because they simply are stumped. Out of self-preservation from embarrassment, they stay away.
It isn't that they have evil hearts. It is that they have intimidated ones. Because they fear we would call on them to respond from something they know nothing about, they retreat to safety; they do the same thing we do regarding matters where we are clueless.
They don't know such is acceptable. They don't know many of us went through torture to learn the church ropes. Upon my conversion I was asked to have the closing prayer one Sunday night....I was asked before services began. I was a sweating fool...terrified...and tortured. I could hardly breathe. And...by His grace, I now feel confident it was the ideal prayer for the moment. But I could not see it for I didn't understand the nature of weakness.
Re-look upon your community landscape. Disinterest is likely being shown by those who feel completely cluesless as to what to do and how to act in the church arena.
If we knew this much about the self-protectionary trait among our relatives and friends, maybe we could help. Maybe we could let them know we are not professional believers. Maybe we could convey our lack, our insecurity, our fear. Maybe if we could convey we are normal by having doubts of our own then doors of hesitancy would begin to open from the other side.
Maybe we could help. I think they want it. I did.