From the Pastor’s Pen
How do we live in the days of the COVID-19 virus? That question reminds me of a scripture passage in Mark 12: 28-34. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind; you shall love your neighbor as yourself”. What does love your neighbor as yourself look like in this day and time? Is it wearing a mask when in a group of people? Is it giving a hug to a person without asking if they are comfortable with a hug?
In some ways the COVID-19 virus has changed how we express our love for one another. It has changed the way the church expresses love of Christ in the community. Recently, the news showed a woman who made a plastic “hug curtain” with sleeves so people could hug without risk of contamination. Expressing our love during a time of social distancing requires us to think of new and creative ways to express our love for one another. As a church, we have to think outside the box for new and creative ways to express the love of Christ to the community. This comes easy for some people and for some churches. However, some people and some churches have a difficult time discovering new ways to express the love of Christ in their community.
What are we to do? Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, WE (used by a speaker to refer to himself and other people considered together) the church, need to search for the “best practices” for expressing our love to our neighbor. We need to search for “best practices” on expressing the love of Christ love to our community in this day and time. We need to consider which of the “best practices” fit our church member’s spiritual skill set. We need to determine what will be our growth areas for the future.
WE, the body of Christ, must utilize all parts of the body to walk forward. WE, the body of Christ, must allow the Holy Spirit to lead us to new ways to express our love for our neighbor. This must be a team effort. We can do this together.