What are we falling from? Freedom and relationships, common sense and hope? The fall (Genesis 3), that allowed sin and death, disease and sickness, into the human race, has us all living differently and I am feeling those effects, as are all of you.
I am convinced that we were not meant to have online relationships and friendships through screens. I know that children were not designed to be taught by screens. People were not meant to work from home all the time. We were not created to be void of people, beyond our family. We were never made to only experience God in isolation and not have community.
My heart drops when I hear of talk already of schools and sports being canceled for next year. No football, no concerts, no art fairs, no festivals, no conferences, no camping, no crowds and it goes on and on. It seems premature to cancel so much. These things are more about relationships than events. They are more about friendships, than pastimes. Some say the church will never meet again. That our society will embrace a new normal of no crowds, for any reason, at all. This is from one virus, and there are billions in our environment. I am saddened and speechless, sometimes worried and depressed.
The financial impact we have yet to totally feel. As states lose billions a day, this will trickle down to cuts in our schools, to services that are needed, to everything. Businesses are so suffering, thus families are also. Our financial system is more volatile than we every thought. We are falling into fear. Fear of out neighbor, fear of each other, fear of getting sick, and fear of our future.
Our Society is beginning to fall. Fall from contentment as isolation is not satisfying relationally. Oh sure, my life and hope is in Christ, but I need people! I need to experience Christ in others, not just myself. We are falling from the truth that we need each other. We need to see each other, and not through a computer screen, and a electronic microphone. We need to break bread together, laugh together, travel together, and look at each other, and to feel our spirits, not just see each other 2D on a screen. It’s not enough for how we were created by God.
I don’t want to — never have a meal with friends again, to never shake hands again, to never eat out again, to never go to a wrestling match again, to never hold a baby again, to never have a packed service again. I can’t stand the idea that these things are history. I am not going to believe this. I can’t right now.
Self-proclaimed church gurus falsey predict that church buildings are not necessary anymore and maybe not even the church community. They say that you can worship Jesus in your homes only and that culture will move on from the local church. I strongly disagree and fear some would fall for this. We need each other and to grow you do need more than your family at some point. What about those whose family do not know the Lord? Those children and youth would suffer greatly. If that were true, I would not be here today. We need the local church period. We need the wisdom of church pastors, elders, godly leaders, and gathering together. That is clear throughout Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments. Gathering together was normal, often, and beneficial
My prayer today is for a cure, and for an end to all of this negative and “rush to judgment” speculation. My prayer is that we can persevere and find new ways to connect. My prayer is for some strength to continue to believe that we are not falling from some of the most basic relational and community needs that are being overlooked.
“Help us Merciful Father. We call to you in humility and faith. On behalf of your people, would you heal our land? Grant us faith and strength during this trial. Give us wisdom and common sense. Bring an end to this free fall of life as we know it. Turn our hearts toward you until deliverance comes I pray. Move this mountain in Jesus’ name.”
Pastor Nate Elarton