March 18, 2020

 

 
 

March 13, 2020

 

As we head into the weekend conscious of all that is happening around us with the virus and the attention to social distancing, the elders have made the following decision.

We are going to postpone the event at the Buhl Club on Sunday afternoon.

But we are going to hold church on Sunday morning. We of course urge you to use discretion in attending this Sunday and would invite you as you come to church to intentionally keep some space between you and others as has been recommended by health authorities.

Moving forward, we will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions as we go … please continue to pay attention to social media and the website to stay up to date with those decisions.

A Biblical Response to the Coronavirus

It seems as if everyone has something to say these days regarding the Coronavirus that is spreading across the globe. And while there is much that we need to hear regarding safety and care, even more I believe we need to see all things, including the Coronavirus, through a Biblical lens!

The first thing that I believe the Bible speaks into this conversation is that God’s people need to be marked by faith more than fear. Todd Wagner in an article entitled, “Should Christians be Anxious about the Coronavirus” says, “… it’s important to be reminded about what we already know. Worry is not our friend, and panic is not our way. Solomon reminds us, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small” (Prov. 24:10). May it never be said that God’s people are governed more by fear than faith.” Solomon also says in Proverbs 29:25 that, “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.” I also love the voice of Isaiah to a worried people when he says in Isaiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Literally we could find hundreds of verses that apply to this principle of faith over fear. As a Biblical people we must keep our minds protected against the fear that many will likely prey on in a day such as this and we must trust God even in the midst of the struggle!

Second, we need to continually establish trust and respect for the authorities established by God over us (Romans 13:1-7). The leadership of Covenant Church will keep daily tabs on what the CDC is saying as well as the Mercer County Department of Health. We are called to be responsible to the advice given by them in the midst of coronavirus or influenza A and B, as well as any health emergency that comes our way. So we will tell you that you should be regularly doing what your mother taught you to do as a child … regularly wash your hands with soap and water, and when water is not available use a hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of more than 60%. Don’t go out if you are not feeling well. And if you are someone who is compromised in your health you need to be very cautious about going into public places. Covenant Church will continue to work very hard at providing a clean and sanitized place for you to come. We will continue to welcome and encourage you to come to church to worship our awesome God along with the marvelous people that He has placed in our midst!

Finally, we need to be prepared to be a continual voice of hope and peace, when there are so many voices of chaos and fear. Much like John the Baptist was called to be a voice in the wilderness to proclaim, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:19-34), Christ followers need to seize this day to proclaim their trust in God rather than enter into the chaos of conspiracy theories, political debates, and fearful self protection. Wagner in the earlier mentioned article says this, “Worry is common to man. But God has called us to face troubles and threats with courage, leaning our weight on him … Prayer-infused confidence, compassion, and selflessness should mark how we talk about the coronavirus. Why? Because our Savior put on flesh (John 1:14) and stepped into our sickness, sin, and death. He healed the sick and cared for the hurting. We must do likewise.” Follower of Jesus, this is our time to speak hope as we live in peace even in the midst of the struggle! Our hope is not in the control of the coronavirus, our hope is in Jesus who is ultimately in control of all things! We need to model this in our faith as well as our respect for authorities … but most of all we need to seize this day to proclaim it to a world that is in fear.

 

Pastor Rick