As you no doubt have noticed, there has been a lot of discussion — and a lot of legal fights, as well — about what places of worship can or should do while COVID-19 is ravaging our communities and our churches.
For me, it’s really just a matter of common sense. Of common sense and compassion.
To gather for corporate worship is a right, of course. It’s a right in our Constitutional Republic and it meets an essential and deeply-felt need for so many.
But it’s also true that churches — like any other entity or enterprise in our communities — also want to help keep their members and friends from contracting or spreading a serious and sometimes fatal disease.
Some houses of worship did not like restrictions put in place while the epidemic raged. And they took the route of legal action.
Some churches have unwittingly become incubators of this opportunistic virus and have been deeply affected; many have lost members to coronavirus.
It’s going to make this ordeal better — or at least mitigate the damage we’re experiencing — if we take common sense precautions and do all we can to safeguard the health and the lives of all our friends and everyone in the communities where we worship and work.
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