COVID-19: Virus or Vitamin?

“COVID-19 is a vitamin for our church, not a virus” said Bob Moon, Minister of Education and Administration at FBC Portland, TN., during a recent Zoom meeting. I wish I had been the first to coin the phrase, but Bob beat me to it! It’s a great way to think of the COVID-19 pandemic. I love the positive and enthusiastic way of viewing the changes that COVID-19 is creating in our churches. There really is a silver lining to the events of the past 8 weeks, and the weeks and months that are ahead. Bob’s view of the COVID-19 virus gives us two ways to think about our present and future state in church.

If we view COVID-19 as a virus, we may:

  • Be tempted to think of ourselves as victims.
  • Be paralyzed because of the daunting challenges ahead of us.
  • Worry that churchgoers will not come back.
  • Grieve over the loss of handshakes, hugs, and other things we value.
  • Resent government officials when they present guidelines or mandates.
  • Armchair quarterback the decisions of our pastors and staff.

If we view COVID-19 as a vitamin, we may:

  • Be thankful that God has strengthened our resolve to come back together again.
  • Give in a more sacrificial way to provide for the financial needs of our church.
  • Appreciate the men and women in our Bible study groups.
  • Lay aside petty differences and arguments we held onto before COVID-19 sent us home.
  • Pray more and read our Bibles more.
  • Evaluate what truly matters in life.
  • Realize how much we depend upon God to sustain us and the world around us.
  • Treasure the new ways we have adjusted to go online, reaching new people in the process we might never have reached pre-COVID.
  • Accept that there are few things in life we are really in control of.
  • Thank God for the food we have on the table, and for little things like toilet paper and paper towels.  🙂
  • Encourage our pastors and staff leaders who are charged with shepherding the flock, making hard decisions these days to keep us safe.
  • Find new, creative ways of doing ministry than we ever thought about before.
  • Be better witnesses to friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Slow down, talk to neighbors, and spend time with our families.

So you see, it’s not all bad news. Let’s choose to view COVID-19 as a vitamin, not a virus. It can give the church new energy as she faces a future that will be different, but not decimating; it will give us strength, not a shellacking; it will make us stronger, not more slight; it will cause us to be more reliant (upon God), and less resolved to think we are in control.

I choose to view COVID-19 as a vitamin, not a virus. Thanks, Bob Moon, for the reminder that God is doing good things through something difficult!

 

4 comments

  1. Thanks for the encouragement. Before Covid-19 I saw streaming services as a challenge but now I have done a few I want to take the advice and keep streaming in our church operations.

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