The world is not as it should be. COVID-19 has changed everything — including church. State governments have granted modest occupancy percentages and a staged reopening timeline for houses of worship in many places. To some, the very thought of suggesting people gather together as a group is reprehensible. So why risk it? Even with a holiday as sacred as Easter, should believers gather in person?
The short answer is yes, we should. Here’s why.
First, it’s biblical. The Bible gives us a clear directive about meeting together in person. Hebrews 10 encourages Christians to “not [forsake] the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but [exhort] one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (v. 25). Notice the word “forsake”in that verse. It’s the Greek word “egkataleipó”, which means “to leave behind” or “desert.” The bottom line is that we are not to abandon personal interaction or contact with our cherished brothers and sisters in Christ. A virus doesn’t get to usurp a divine directive for Christians. It’s possible to meet together in a safe and responsible manner, even during this season of coronavirus.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Skip Heitzig