My Bishop has been teaching us about the great falling away of believers that will take place prior to the occurrence of the rapture. With the advent of the pandemic, we all know that non-essential activities came to an immediate halt. Okay, at that juncture, I could understand why houses of worship were closed since we were all fighting to preserve our lives. However, for months now, the Governor issued an Executive Order that basically re-opened the state including houses of worship with some occupancy limitations.
The liquor stores opened their doors, restaurants opened their doors, malls opened their stores, and most businesses returned to close to normal hours, but what happened to the church? Why are the doors to most of the churches still closed?
Pastors are comfortable live streaming from home or from the church and parishioners are comfortable watching the broadcast from home in their bed slippers. I understand that we are still unsure of what Mr. and Mrs. Covid will do, in the future, but why are the doors to most churches still closed as of today?
There is nothing like worshipping God amongst other believers. While at home, it is so easy to lose your focus and do other things while trying to listen to the broadcast and the Word of God. Why are pastors not coming up with unique ways to meet and have in-person services? Some churches are not overly crowded, so social distancing is not an issue. Why are they taking the lazy way out and not heeding to the scripture that tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves? If God can’t protect us, then who can?
Why are the churches still closed? The governor gave his approval for houses of worship to re-open months ago. Why are you still closed? If we can’t find creative ways to meet during this pandemic as a church body, what will we do when the real problems come? There is power when believers get together. We need to pray for this nation, pray for our leaders, pray for the world, and pray for one another as a unified body. Yes, there is great power in corporate worship. Pastors, God did not give us a Spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.
Are you not missing your flock? If you’re not, please seek God and ask for spiritual strength and renewed zeal for His work. Zoom was nice in our previous state of emergency, but Zoom is no longer cutting it. It’s time for Zoom to Zoom away. Essential and non-essential places have re-opened their front doors. Pastors, find creative ways to open your doors and feed the people of God. See how other churches are managing during the pandemic and see what measures they have taken in order to return to in-person services.
People are suffering and our doors are closed. Suicidal rates are up and our doors are closed. People are hungry and our doors are shut. People are homeless and we have locked up the church. Open up the doors and let us be about our father’s business. Please, I beg you.
Please, I adjure you, open up your doors and let us back in.