Even as churches continue to evaluate the rubble from the destruction caused by the pandemic, something needs to be said:
The crisis did not create the issues—it revealed them.
…and the next crisis will do the same.
We would do well then to take this opportunity to pause and soberly examine what it means to be a church prepared for any season of strife—whether that be a global crisis or a squabble between a couple of families.
During the mundane day-to-day operations, the above issues can often be tolerated or lurk in the blind spots of pastoral teams. But as anyone who’s played Jenga can tell you, the more pieces you take out of place, the easier it is for even the smallest bump to take the whole thing down.
That tower-toppling shock is often blamed for the demise of the tower itself—completely forgetting that a game of destabilization had begun long before that moment.
So we hear things like, “if that leader hadn’t left” or “if that person would just stop gossipping” or “if the government would have acted differently during the pandemic…” then things would be fine.
The focus is on the wrong place.
Conflict, crisis, and suffering should be an opportunity to glorify God that allows us to experience Christ’s provision and grow in Him through it (Romans 5:3-5). Let us live and build our churches up in such a way so that we are prepared to do that more and better in the coming years.
This article is adapted from a piece written by Scott Owen on the response of churches during the pandemic.
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