What I Read Today;
2 Timothy 2; John 13; Isaiah 48; Psalm 81; Deuteronomy 25-26
John 13:3-5, “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.” NRSV
John 13:12-17, “After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” NRSV
What does the church do in a crisis? How do we best serve our members and our community? Fair questions considering what is going on right now. States have closed restaurants, bars, and schools. The CDC wants gatherings over 50 people shut down for 8 weeks. Mega-churches have gone to live streaming services in empty buildings. We’re being advised to keep 6 ft between each one of us.
So what do we do?
Many choose to complain. Some business owners are irate. Some worry about the service workers now out of work. Congress attempts to get over itself and pass a bill to help keep people from starving.
What should the church do?
Jesus’ example is clear. We are to serve one another. However, we can. It won’t be easy in days like this. I’ve seen people on Facebook packing lunches for school kids who rely on lunch programs. I’ve heard people call for us to order take out to support our local restaurants. Do we offer our sanctuaries as triage units to help hospitals?
Get creative. Let’s find a way to help, not complain.