Life has been a roller coaster of change across the world. Almost everything has been shaken in some way. Lockdowns are happening worldwide as everything involving community engagement, leisure, and travel deemed unnecessary have ceased. This means, the church must also close its doors for the time being.
But this begs the question: must we close our doors at all?
Thankfully, we live in a time of technology and innovation. Many entities from fitness centres to children’s story times are also moving online, so it is only fitting and expected that we continue services online. Not only are we continuing our fellowship, but we are also adapting and reaching out to meet people where they are just like Jesus did.
God Calls us Spread the Gospel
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”—Mark16:15
Not only is fellowship and working together as the Body of Christ an important part of our faith in God, but so is sharing the Good News. We are called to make His name reach all the earth so that all may hear and have a chance to experience Jesus. We must go to where the people are. Where are the people? Online. Lockdown is not a break from doing His commandment. In fact, it is an opportunity to reach out in new and creative ways that would not have been possible in the past.
Jesus Set the Example
Jesus didn’t just make the rules and say the rules, He perfectly lived out His own commandments. He went to people and met them in circumstances that often lead to puzzled disciples and concerned Pharisees. He met with the sick, the sinners, the unloved, the outcasts. No matter how society felt about the situation, He reached out to them. One of the most notable times He did this was in His meeting with the woman at the well:
Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)—John 4:6-10
Men Weren’t Meant to be Alone
“The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.””—Genesis 2:18
While we can bring up the old argument that God was referring to men and women both when he said “men”, we know that God intended to people to be social beings that interact. He created our ability to think, speak, listen, and learn from one another. God made Eve for Adam, not because He felt Adam needed help in the fields or with tending to livestock, but because he needed a companion. People are meant to lift each other up in love and prayer. This is especially important to remember when those suffering from mental health are lacking the social situations that once kept them going.
Join us Sunday
Church online comes with its challenges. At the risk of falling asleep on the couch Sunday morning, tuning in to the online services and choosing to fellowship with the Body of Christ will take self-discipline and obedience. We are called to continue worship, praise, and most of all, to share the Gospel. Let us continue on in obedience to the Lord’s command and in Faith that He will guide us through this trying time.