The remaining lockdown restrictions are due to be lifted tomorrow in England. However, whilst all legal requirements are to be removed, the Government recommends continuing caution, with good ventilation, diligence in hygiene, wearing a face covering in enclosed and crowded spaces, and limiting contact with those we do not live with, all being promoted as beneficial. Very sadly, all this, of course, is against the backdrop of substantially increasing case numbers and rising hospital admissions and deaths.
We may feel like King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 as he prayed to the Lord, “We do not know what to do” (v12), as he faced a vast attacking army. But let us never forget or disobey what he immediately then prays – “but our eyes are upon You [God]”. Subsequently, through a prophetic word, God spoke these wonderful words to King and people: “Do not be afraid or discouraged …. Stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you” (v15-17).
The elders and deacons are ‘zooming’ tomorrow evening and will be considering, and subsequently circulating, the detailed measures we should pursue at CCBC. Undoubtedly there are very different views held across the church and we will seek to accommodate these as far as possible and under the guidance of Scripture passages such as 1 Corinthians 8 and Romans 14. However, in particular, may we all heed the apostle Paul’s words in Ephesians 4v1-3: “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace”.
Peace and Grace