It is very challenging for churches being unable to meet for worship during this Coronavirus Crisis. Many of our churches are live streaming online. I saw in the news where one church was doing an out-doors service with each family remaining in their own car. A small handful of churches nationwide have continued to hold church services in violation of the government’s recommendation of no meetings involving more than 10 people. One pastor in Tampa was actually arrested for holding church last Sunday — clearly an over-reaction by law enforcement.

Whether we agree with the public policy or not, we do need to understand the government’s recommendation of closing our churches is not a religious freedom issue. It is a public health issue. And the idea of a quarantine is biblical. In the Old Testament, there were quarantines for such issues as leprosy, being defiled by handling a corpse, and for a plague. For example, to make sure one does not have leprosy, which is highly contagious, Leviticus 13:2-5 spells out a seven-day quarantine, and then a 14-day quarantine.

So, let’s do our best to defeat this virus. Let’s pray for one another. Let’s support our churches during this difficult time. And let’s look forward to gathering back together in worship just as soon as possible.

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

Pastor Jim

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