Greetings to the CMBSC Family
There was an artist who wrote the lines to a tune which said, “The Times They Are A- Changin,” and indeed they are. So swiftly the times morph provoking uncertainty and stoking fear. Plagued now with a pandemic, the world reels to and fro in a quandary as to what measures to take. That quandary has impacted the churches as well. How do we ensure the health and safety of our congregants? What are the best practices for these times? Do we give in to fears? Are we showing lack of faith if we adhere to the recommendations of officials?
The current recommendations are:
Americans are encouraged to stay at home and avoid work if they feel sick. Equally, parents and guardians are asked to keep children home and away from school if they start to show any symptoms. If one person in the house tests positive for COVID-19, the entire household is asked to stay home.
In each instance, people are advised to contact their medical provider. But as the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) cautions, patients who suspect they may have COVID-19 should call before seeking medical care to get the advice of a health professional. This will help prevent them from putting other people at unnecessary risk through exposure.
The document advises people who may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, either due to age or a severe underlying health problem—such as a condition affecting lung function or weakening the immune system—to take extra efforts to keep themselves safe by staying at home and avoiding other people where possible.
Other advice issued in the guidelines include:
In addition to these new guidelines, the CDC is continually updating their website with the latest information and advice related to COVID-19 to help Americans stay on top of the pandemic— including instructions on how to keep themselves safe and what to do if sick.
Certainly, there is a separation of church and state, but there is also the mandate of the Scriptures, “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work” (Titus 3:1). Indeed, we are people of faith and walk by [it] and not by sight. But we are also people who have the instructions of the Lord to be wise as serpents. We must use prudent judgment as to whether to continue to congregate and what activities to ask our congregations to be involved in. Having exercised the best possible judgment given the facts and the circumstances, we then trust God to take care of all of us.
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