I have a confession. I am not a fan of the altar call. As a high school ministry leader at a church that does an altar call almost every service I don't think I'm allowed to say that.
I'm not saying they can't be super meaningful because they can. The issue for me is "what comes next". How do we go from teary eyed and repentant to walking in truth? The answer is simple; one-on-one time spent with God. The problem is most of us don't the question.
I think this quote from Nancy Guthrie sums up my thoughts nicely:
Imagine that you go through a marriage ceremony with someone, but you never live together. You never talk to each other. You never connect in any meaningful way. Could you really say you are married?
Similarly, even if you went through a religious ceremony or walked down the aisle at some point, if you never want to spend time with God and communicate with him to hear his heart and share yours with him, does it make any sense to say you are connected to him in a genuine, meaningful way?
How are you doing with that?