With the hope of reducing exposure to COVID-19, here is what we are doing: we have canceled all of our face to face gatherings. We have moved to virtual gatherings only and will continue to Live Stream our services. We do this not out of fear but out of obedience and love for our neighbor.
Loving our neighbor
"...Love your neighbor as yourself." Mark 12:31
In this time, where we are challenged to make choices not only for ourselves but for our neighbors, we are presented with the opportunity to practice brotherly love. From practicing "Social distancing" to "Dropping off some groceries for someone in need." to "Just calling to check in on you." All of these are great ways for us to love our neighbors in the COVID-19 pandemic and honestly just great practices of kindness.
"Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess." Deuteronomy 5:33
"Obey the government, for God is the one who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow. For the policeman does not frighten people who are doing right; but those doing evil will always fear him. So if you don’t want to be afraid, keep the laws and you will get along well. The policeman is sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course, you should be afraid, for he will have you punished. He is sent by God for that very purpose. Obey the laws, then, for two reasons: first, to keep from being punished, and second, just because you know you should." Romans 13:1-5
Our obedience is first to our God and then our earthly leaders. Many leaders of nations, governors, and mayors have bee tasked with the tough decisions of shutting down entire states to contain the virus. We can be a part of the solution and contribute by following what is recommended to "love our neighbor as ourselves" and to "Obey".
Blessings to all,