“Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” -Hebrews 10:25
We are commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ to gather. If Wal-Mart, strip clubs, marijuana dispensaries, abortion clinics, riots, protests, and everything else can gather, so can we. We are commanded by our Lord Jesus to do so, and we are protected by our Constitution as well. In times such as these, churches should be seeing an increase in gatherings, not a decrease. As the reality of death is on all of our minds, where else should we be?
The narrative around COVID is that if you attend church, sing praises to our Lord, then you are contributing to the death of the elderly, and that’s simply not true. I want to give you some numbers:
In Texas alone there have been nearly 1,000,000 cases of COVID-19, and of those 1,000,000, 18,000 have died. That means that the recovery rate in Texas is over 98%. This is not including the co-morbidities. If we include those who had underlying health issues, the recovery rate increases tremendously. 1.8% of people who have contracted COVID have died in Texas, and of that 1.8% a large portion had underlying issues. Doing the math, you find that less than 10,000 people have died from a primarily COVID contraction. 29,000,000 people live in Texas, that means that 0.003% of people have died from COVID in the Lone Star State. That’s less than 0.01%. Less than 0.01% of people in Texas have died from COVID, and this begs the question, why are we shutting anything down? Why are we fearful? Why are we allowing the news to dictate our decisions, rather than informing ourselves?
It’s necessary to mention that the CDC and others have admitted to frequent false positives that have inflated numbers, and many who haven’t even been tested being deemed positive. Regardless of what the news tells you, COVID is not deadly enough to shut down churches.
I do not want to be insensitive to those who are hurting, or sick. My heart truly does break for those who have lost loved ones recently. I have done funerals since the outbreak, and it has been a difficult time for all of us. That being said, I have not been allowed to visit those who are sick in the hospital. I have been told that I may not be allowed to be present for the birth of my child. I have watched marriages of over 60 years, have to say goodbye to their loved one over the phone. All the while people can go to their local strip club or their local Wal-Mart. The hypocrisy is astounding, and when will we stop the madness?
God is not confined to His sanctuary, and neither are we. That being said, God loves His sanctuary, and where His people gather to worship.
“O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.” -Psalm 26:8
“And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.” -Exodus 35:8
“I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” -Psalm 122:1
We shouldn’t be surprised when we see government overreach, and an attempt to shut down churches. And we shouldn’t be so quick to operate according to the customs of this world. We should do our homework, and be informed.
Also, we obey government, until the government calls us to disobey our true King, Jesus. Before we shut our churches down for a virus with such an incredibly high recovery rate, let’s consult our King and His Word. And when the time comes let’s be willing to say with the Apostles who laid the foundation,
“We must obey God rather than men.” -Acts 5:29