By Phenola Moore
Some may be upset because churches are closed in place of the Coronavirus, social distancing season we are currently experiencing. But I reflected on something my parents told me about their upbringing growing up in North Carolina. During their youth, their church was open one Sunday a month for service. Although some visited other churches the other Sundays, it was their choice.
The focus of the local church was different back then because it appears that more embraced that the church was within you, not the building. They spent more time with their immediate and extended family members and friends. I remember hearing stories of family members who lived in North Carolina all their lives regularly visiting the sick, elderly, and widows within the community with meals and seeing if they needed anything from the store. You see, their lives were full of family and community, and sharing the Gospel was a physical activity they regularly practiced. They socialized with their church family outside of the church building, so when they gathered that one Sunday a month, it wasn’t a reunion. Instead, it was a time to hear the Word of God corporately and to celebrate.
Fast forward to 2020, and some feel it is almost a sin that their church or churches are closed. It is a building. The church is within us. If it is the Word of God that you are longing for, the Internet is full of sermons. If it is a song, there are so many media outlets that offer every type of Gospel/inspiration music. If it is the fellowship? Because of the social distancing aspect, you must be mindful of those outside your home. Instead, you can reach out to others via phone, Facetime or social media until the restrictions are lifted.
This season is something that hasn’t happened in our lifetimes, and it is different. But a church closing for a Sunday or multiple Sundays is not from the devil. Maybe God is trying to get your attention to slow down long enough to hear from Him. Perhaps he wants you to spend more time with the people you live with, reading the Word of God, praying, or getting your plans together for what He told you to do months ago.
We must learn to adapt to change without dissension. And as Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr, teaches us at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, consider what your authority asks you to do if it is not illegal, unethical, or immoral.
Take care. :>) Phenola Moore