So the churches are shut down in the US because of the China virus, Covid-19, or coronavirus. Most are afraid, sitting in their homes, some with paid time off but many with just their fear. Pastors with empty buildings are now trying to keep their flocks together and are offering suggestions for staying connected spiritually. I think they are finding out that what they really mean by “spiritually connected” is to stay connected to the building and the pastor.
Staying connected to God for my family is easy. None of us has been to church in years, and in my case a couple of decades. It is very simple to stay connected to God, because He isn’t at the church anyway. My family doesn’t need a multi-media presentation with professional singers and speakers. We don’t need a building. We walk with Him all the time because we read and do His Word minute by minute, whether we are isolated because of some fearful disease or living life free and easy.
Right now my family is getting ready for Passover. My wife has picked up some lamb, we are ordering a case of matzah crackers, and everyone has reserved April 9th and 15th as days of rest. Soon we will remove the leaven from our homes and spend a week eating unleavened bread. We will be barbecuing the lamb Wednesday night the 8th, and taking time off from all work. Even though we might not be at a building (and the Church doesn’t pay attention to Passover anyway – they prefer pagan festivals) we are doing it in concert with many others who are also observing Passover at home, so we are connected spiritually anyway. It would be great if the Church actually followed the Word as they say they do. Then we could be connected spiritually with them too.
I don’t want to be “spiritually connected” to people who don’t follow God except in very superficial ways. Our family has managed tremendous spiritual growth, perhaps to some surprisingly, because we are already spiritually connected through the Word of God. It is living and active and binding us together into one Body whether we are in a building playing church or not.
You can be connected with us too, though we may not know you and are separated by distance instead of isolation because of a disease. Read and do the Word. Ignore the idiots who think we have to maintain a spiritual connection to a denomination or other group. Walk with Him in every way by letting His Word into every corner of your life. The connection is His Word lived out by everyone who wears His name or claims to follow Him. Jesus is right there in the Words, and we live Jesus when we take His Word seriously and eat it like bread.