Coronavirus: Fear vs Foolishness
March 17, 2020, 2:00 PM

As we face the realities of the Coronavirus, we must remember that although it is a very serious matter, we must not live in fear. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. To have the emotion of fear is not sinful but to live in fear is not of God. As Christians we must trust in the Lord and do good and He’ll take care of the rest. Therefore, we do not have to live in a state of hysteria or pandemonium. With that being said, we cannot live foolishly either. As we navigate each day dealing with possibilities and uncertainties of this virus, we must make sure that we use wisdom concerning our heath and the health of others.

 

The CDC and your local health officials have given out ways in which you can take precautions to make sure that you stay healthy during this time. But let me share a few things that the National Center for Life and Liberty (NCLL) has passed along, specifically for churches. The NCLL is a nonprofit legal ministry that serves to protect and defend Bible-based values: church liberties, parental liberties, individual liberties, and issues of life. You can visit their website at www.ncll.org. Here are their recommendations:

 

Recommended Precautions for Your Ministry

 

  1. Congregants, especially pastoral staff and greeting teams, should limit physical contact by refraining from shaking hands, and announcements and signs should be posted encouraging no physical contact.
  2. Anyone who has had a fever should stay home until fever-free for at least 24 hours.
  3. During church services, anyone displaying cold-like symptoms, including but not limited to coughing, excessive sneezing, or cold chills, should be asked nicely to return home to ensure the health of others.
  4. Congregants should be reminded to wash hands regularly, especially after shaking hands or working in the children’s ministry.
  5. Increase regular cleaning of the facilities, ensuring that disinfectant is being used in critical areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
  6. Request that anyone who has traveled overseas recently remain home from services until symptom-free for fourteen days.
  7. If your church has the capability, livestream services to individuals unable to attend due to health concerns.

Let us do our part to trust the Lord during this time but also take the proper steps of taking care of ourselves and others as well. May God bless and keep you.

 

 
Pastor Jeff Carter