Florida Baptist Witness
May 22, 2020
The number of deaths in Pasco county has been relatively low. Out of a known 277 cases, there have been 9 deaths in the last 111 days. There have been 11 motor vehicle deaths in Pasco in the last 7 days. Yet, the virus will probably do more to change how we worship and the work of the church.
Uncertainty and fear are powerful influencers in how we live our lives. Not everyone wants to ride a motorcycle on Hwy 19 or I-75. We are all made differently. Some are willing to live on the edge and risk life itself while others are more cautious willing to risk little.
Churches are like that. Churches are made up of the same types of people. Some willing to risk all and some willing to risk little. Each church must decide how much risk they are willing to assume as they construct strategies moving forward. Gary Yeldell, Florida Baptist attorney, presented a pre-vaccine/post-vaccine strategy for churches to define as they move forward. The precautions churches take now, will not be the same after a vaccine has been developed. Each church must decide how they will move forward.
Please allow this indulgence. When bikers/motorcyclist travel in groups, they don’t move at the speed of the fastest rider. They move at the speed of the slowest rider. When churches design their pre-vaccine vs. their post vaccine strategy, they will have to decide how much risk and how much change are they willing to assume and how will that effect their worshipers.
Social distancing for Baptists is like bathing a cat. We’ve never done it that way before. The Sunday worship greeting time seems almost biblical. I fear that social distancing will be with us even after a vaccine. Not because of an imminent threat, but because uncertainty and fear has been so imbedded in our society that only the hope of Christ can overcome.