The Church… An Example for the World

Good afternoon!

As you are well aware, people have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic – fear, suspicion, frustration, sorrow, etc. There have been great debates over all sorts of issues related to this coronavirus.

I recently came across an insightful article that argues that how the church responds can provide a positive example to our world. See the following quote…

The latest complex challenge is perhaps the trickiest yet: how to prudently resume in-person gatherings.

As if the logistical details weren’t challenging enough—how to maintain social distance and limit crowd size, whether or not to require masks, to sing or not to sing, what to do with children, and so on—the whole conversation is fraught with potential for division. If a congregation—and within it, a leadership team—is at all a microcosm of our larger society, it will likely contain a broad assortment of strongly held convictions. Some will be eager to meet in person and impatient to wait much longer to get back to normal. Others will insist it’s unwise to meet at all until there’s a vaccine. Plenty will fall somewhere in between.

In such a precarious and polarizing environment, how can churches move forward in beautiful unity (Ps. 133) rather than ugly division?

May God help us to seek the mind of Christ and go forward in the unity of the Spirit!