Social distancing. It’s the new term – formerly obscure but now, following the outbreak of COVID-19, a term used and understood by nearly everyone. Standing 6 feet away from others has become the new normal over the course of one week.
To make things more complicated, there exists a real temptation to repeatedly wash hands and social distance out of fear and anxiety. Afterall, fear is running through many hearts and headlines. “What if I get sick? What if my family gets sick? What about vulnerable loved ones? What if the economy collapses?”
- When it comes to hand-washing and social distancing, replace the motive of fear with the motive of love.
Lots of folks are altering their social habits and behaviors. But believers have the unique opportunity to make these choices out love for others instead of protection for self.
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others
Believers who think social distancing is silly and unnecessary can regard the safety of our elderly brothers and sisters and the safety of those with weakened immune systems, as more important than our preferences. Likewise, believers who are concerned and fearful have an opportunity to bring that fear before a God who cares, and act instead out of love for neighbor.
Scripture’s “one another” commands are a powerful way to display the love of Christ, and to switch our perspective from self to others. We are called to give preference to one another in honor (Romans 12:10), care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25), and love one another proving to be Jesus’ disciples (John 13:35).
- Don’t let social distancing hinder the important ministry of love and encouragement you can have to others.
We may not be able to gather corporately the way that we’d like to. But we can still redeem the time we have by praying for one another, and serving one another to meet personal needs.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
Gal 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
If you’d like to help meet practical needs for others (should conditions worsen) please communicate with our church office by contacting or emailing one of the staff!