Coronavirus and the Church
As many in our community follow the spread of the newly emerged coronavirus, I want to address some of the concerns I’ve heard and provide insight for how we at BBC will continue to focus on the mission Christ has given to us in the days ahead.
What has made this new coronavirus such a point of public interest is
- the fact it is a new strain of virus
- the means and rate of how it spreads
- the severity of resulting illness known as COVID-19
- the lack of vaccination to control the spread of the virus
With many news outlets reporting an expected increase of the spread of the virus here in the US and because of the uncertainty surrounding the virus, there is a growing sense of fear in our nation and community. However, this is an opportunity for believers to share the hope that is within us. In fact, we should always be prepared to give a response to anyone who asks us to explain the hope that is within us with both gentleness and reverence (1 Pet 3:15). For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Tim 1:7).
It’s amazing to think that for over 2,000 years Christ has been building his church on the proclamation of the gospel (Mt 16:18). Through persecution, plagues, famines, and wars Jesus has not skipped a beat, nor has His faithfulness wavered. The Church continues to grow and thrive. We serve a risen Savior who not only provides eternal hope; He overcame death and the grave!
In seasons like this, we are reminded that we are ambassadors for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The mission entrusted to us is to both know Christ and make Him known! The task of teaching, baptizing, equipping and sending people out into ministry is a task we take very seriously at BBC. As your pastor, I want to encourage you to join us in taking responsible action with your own health (physically and spiritually) to ensure our ministry can maintain health and effectiveness as we approach Easter.
While these general health guidelines are familiar for nearly all of us, they are worth repeating as a reminder during this season.
- If you feel sick, have a fever or persistent cough please stay home. It is wise to avoid spreading any illness when possible. If you serve at our church and are sick, please let your ministry team leader know in advance and we’ll be happy to help coordinate a replacement for the Sunday you are out.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Ideally, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose the tissue in a waste basket. If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands if possible. This greatly reduces the opportunity to transmit germs from surface to surface or person to person.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
The Environmental Protection Agency has also released a list of disinfectants that kill the coronavirus. (CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST) While BBC does not endorse any specific product(s) on this list, we will utilize some of the products listed here to make sure we maintain a sanitary environment for our church family.
Spiritually we must also be in prayer for pastors, missionaries and churches that are on the front lines for caring for individuals and communities that are currently impacted by the coronavirus around the world. Pray that as they offer care and support to those impacted that there will be open door after open door for the gospel to be proclaimed so that people might place their faith in Christ for salvation.
Pray also for our Asian & Asian American brothers and sisters in Christ who are wrongly facing persecution merely because of their ethnic background. We have been made one body, one family, one church and we must be interceding for them during this time.
Pray also that as you and others in our church family would walk as wise – making the most of the time. We want to be ready to point people to Christ in light of any crisis that an individual may be facing. Pray that God would be preparing you to share your faith with someone as we approach Easter.
God has been moving in powerful ways in our church family this past season. As we lean into Him I’m excited to see how He continues to go before us so that we might accomplish His work in our city and beyond.
For His glory!