One of my former pastors–who helped ordain me to the position in which I currently serve, a year ago this week–posted this graphic this morning:
Despite what you might think based on social media (which we all know is so truthful and representative) the last thing the majority of pastors here want is harm to come to their congregations and neighborhoods in any form, including but not limited to the contagion of COVID-19.
Pastors (and I’m sure you’re doing this already, but I need the reminder just as much), let’s get with Jesus on this. Let’s tell Him what we think and then listen to what He and the Father want each of us to do in our specific location and congregation.
Everyone else, we have already heard all the points. Please get with Jesus on our behalf and pray that He gives us clarity borne of His love.
Or, as my wise husband summarized the above even further:
“1 Kings 19:12”
The only right answer to this is to love God and love people. To love God enough to translate His love to the people for whom we’re responsible. What that looks like for any given congregation may not be the same as for another. There’s a whole lot of earthquake/burning-down going on right now. But somewhere in all of this is a still small voice Who may give a way forward we never even thought of.