Over the last few months, we have watched as the Coronavirus has spread from country to country and has finally made its way to the US. This has caused some fear and panic, but also some wise steps taken to slow the spread of the virus.
As Christians, we must first and foremost understand a few biblical, theological concepts as we consider our response to what is now being called a global pandemic. Firstly, we must always remember that God is sovereign. According to Isaiah 45:5-7, there is no god like the one true God. He forms light and darkness; He creates both peace AND CALAMITY. Nothing happens outside of His control and His will.
Secondly, we must always remember that God loves His children and everything we receive from Him comes from the hand of a loving Father. 1 John 4:8 tells us specifically that God is love. And James 1:17 tells us that everything we receive comes down from the Father of lights who never changes. Thus, we as God’s children can be assured that no matter what happens, God loves us.
Thirdly, we must always remember that those things that happen to us, both good and bad, are being used by God for our ultimate good – our becoming more like Christ. Romans 8:28-30 tells us that God is working all things out for our good and that the end result is that we would be conformed to the image of Christ.
With all of these things in mind, we as a leadership team have discussed the current situation and considered how we should respond. On Thursday afternoon, Maryland governor Larry Hogan announced some sweeping directives, one of which was requesting all religious groups to temporarily set aside their rights to assembly for the sake of slowing down the spread of this virus. After discussing this issue amongst the leadership, we have decided that the best way to show our love for our neighbor and our submission to our governing authorities, while also displaying our continuing trust in our sovereign, loving God, is to cancel all of our scheduled meetings through March 27 as requested. In this way, we hope to help all of our members remain healthy and return quickly.
While we do believe that the church must gather in order to truly be the church, we also want to consider the overall health and well-being of both our church community and the community at large. As such, we will be live broadcasting our weekly Sunday morning sermon on Facebook starting at 11:00am and will also record and broadcast our Wednesday evening Bible study at 7:30. For those of you who do not have Facebook, we will be posting the video recordings of these broadcasts on our website as well as on our Youtube channel.
Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for future updates as this situation continues to develop. We thank God that, though many feel uncertain about the future, we know we have a confidence in His sovereign love. We pray for each of you that you would stay healthy and rest in the grace and goodness of God.