"Going to church every Sunday doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car!!" That was the oh-so-clever Facebook update I read last week. I have no idea whether my friend counts himself Christian, or even attends Church. I doubt these words of admonishment are from a regular church goer, though.
I don't disagree with the sentiment, but the premise is a bit off. Since a man cannot become a machine, I think my friend might have meant to say "Going to church every Sunday doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a mechanic."
One cannot call himself or hope to be a mechanic without spending a good amount of time in a garage, any more than one who rarely or never attends church can call ever properly hope to be seen a Christian, and certainly one who does not attend Mass at least weekly is at best a Catholic in name only.
I say this not to condemn, but to caution; not to accuse, but to encourage.
Come and worship with the body of Christ, take your place among the great unwashed, we hypocrites, we the struggling, we the generous, we the meek, we flawed sinners. It may be time for a spiritual tune-up.