The coronavirus has changed the world’s habits and closed churches all over the planet—including ours. Spain is basically on lockdown for two weeks, maybe longer.
As I begin this post, my husband and I are listening to a wonderful message. We watched and listened to another online just before this one. It’s Sunday morning.
But, it’s not the same.
We’re at home.
The Bible says, Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:25).
There’s a reason God says we’re supposed to gather. Physically. Fellowship with other Christians. Singing praise to the Lord. Reaching out to non-Christians.
Today, I value that gathering even more—because we can’t.
Plan B just isn’t the same. Watching and listening to messages is good. There’s nothing wrong with it at all, especially in order to protect our congregations. The Bible’s clear, also, that we should obey the government where we live, and it has decreed that everyone should stay at home and no one should congregate. We are fine with this for two or more weeks and are thankful it isn’t this way all the time.
One advantage of streaming messages is that people who don’t personally know the Lord are listening to church services. I read a note this morning from a lady who had tuned in. You never know how the Lord might use this hiatus.
And, maybe, it will teach us to value even more highly the vital assembling of God’s people.
We read of the early church, And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved (Acts 2:46-47).
May the Lord add to ours, too. The live-streamed evening service begins in a few minutes. We will “be there.”
How about you? How Is your church dealing with this sudden change?