I'm gone say this and then leave it be (even at the risk of offending and pissing some off).
Using wisdom and best practices to address public health is not an abandoning of one's faith.
I would think that by now, everyone knows, even conspiracy theorist, that there is a pandemic crisis that has claimed the lives of millions. It has INFECTED the world and it has IMPACTED everyone. From the economy, to day-to-day interactions, to education, to health and every other area and aspect of our common life.
Until this virus is Contained and Controlled and or there is a Cure, the best defense that we have is being Confined at our own residence or dwelling place. We have to slow down the spread, by slowing down our speed. Plainly put, go sit down somewhere (in big mama's voice.). STAY AT HOME.
Do we dislike our homes and families that much, that we can't sit still for 15 days? Many people have been complaining about being overworked, not having vacation days or time to get certain things done. What's your excuse now? Take a break and take advantage of this down time.
Parents are forced to parent, spouses are forced to interact and families are forced to spend time together. Let's take this time to get our affairs in order and to get our life right. Technology has afforded us the ability to continue living and engage, in a way that incorporates social distancing, while continuing to live.
For the life of Pete, a few weeks staying at home wont kill us.
Some of the folk complaining about the church being closed are some of the same folk that don't come when it's open. PREACH PASTOR SANDERS!
They claim it is a lack of faith to TEMPORARILY close the doors and that God will protect us if we defy the guidelines and have service anyway. Tell that to the pastors that recently died due to corona and to the members that contracted the virus at church services operating as normal.
God is a protector and a healer, but God also warns us not to tempt the Lord (Matthew 4). Continuing on with service and knowingly subjecting people to possible infection, under the guise of God will protect us, is just as silly as jumping off a 100 story building saying that God will protect us, as you fall to your death. Come on now!
Pastors that have been burned out and running out of gas, now have an opportunity to rest. You refused to take vacation. You refused to take a sabbatical and you refused to slow down. Well, COVID has slowed your down and given you a modified sabbatical.
Lastly, the government is not shutting churches down or interfering with our right to assemble and express our faith. Folk are dragging it out, misinterpreting what is happening and therefore misinforming and misleading the people. This IS NOT, CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION.
Furthermore, the limiting of people assembling at one place is a guideline to minimize the spread. But to be honest with you, 10 is too many. Heck, 2 is too many. You can get it from 1 other person. So there is no magic in the number 10, it was merely a guideline and an effort to control the spread, just like 50 and 25 were. Being as though it only takes 1 person to spread it to another, 2 is too many and a risk.
For those comparing the church to grocery stores, hospitals etc... are really unreasonable. So we shouldn't shop to attain sustenance or go seek medical attention if ill? So then there's the argument of, "the church is a spiritual hospital..." yes it is, but guess what, we can access the church in different ways. Heck the believer is the church, not the building. Using technology and other means, the work of God can continue on. What's wrong with video conferencing for prayer service, bible study, small group etc...? What's wrong with the old fashion "pick of the phone ministry" to counsel and pray? It's only temporary and truth be told, your'e seeing more online than you've seen in your church in 20 years.
I'm all for shutting the nation/state/city DOWN for 21 days. They say it takes a minimum of 21 days to break a habit and it takes about 14-15 days for this virus to run it's course. Do a cool 21 day shutdown and the virus will have run it's course (for the most part), behaviors will have begun to be modified with bad habits begin the process of being broken and our world will have a break from those who have broken it.
Chill out and take a break. Even from public assembly at the worship center.
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