Here's the thing...
In a time of pandemic, we won't just stop.
And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25 CSB
God's word doesn't stop being true in the midst of a viral outbreak. And he doesn't stop being God, either. He wasn't caught off guard by COVID-19. He didn't wake up and read about it or see it on the news and think, "Oh man, what are my people going to do if they can't meet together physically?" No, he is not surprised, even as we find ourselves struggling to come to grips with this new reality. Yet, the truth is: how we respond to hard things like this is more an indicator of our faith than God's faithfulness.
So there are major implications for us—in how we trust him, how we love each other and our community and how we share the good news with others.
We're committed to being the church … even when our church can't be together in one place.
Seeking to walk faithfully...
The Bible gives us two clear paths when we find ourselves in danger.
1. We run from danger in wise caution
A sensible person sees danger and takes cover,
but the inexperienced keep going and are punished.
Proverbs 22:3 (CSB)
When we are aware of danger it’s sensible to take caution to avoid it if possible. But sometimes, because of the nature of the world now, and the world to come, rather than running from danger...
2. We run to danger in wise courage
If you do nothing in a difficult time, your strength is limited. Rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter.
If you say, “But we didn’t know about this,” won’t he who weighs hearts consider it? Won’t he who protects your life know? Won’t he repay a person according to his work? Proverbs 24:10–12 (CSB)
Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35–39 (CSB)
As citizens of God’s Kingdom we have nothing to hide and nothing to lose, so we can be courageous even when we seem to have everything to fear.
So whether we face the social distancing brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic or the social and spiritual separation brought on by the disease of sin, as God's people we are called by our King to enter the fray for the good of others and the glory of God.
Seeking to trust firmly...
What will we eat?’ ‘What will we drink?’ ‘What will we wear?’ These, along with countless others, are the kinds of questions that emerge when faced with a global pandemic. And when we consider that the answers to many of these questions are changing at a dizzying pace, we are ripe for anxiety. There is a lot to worry about. How do we make sense of the temptation to panic in a time of pandemic?