We have an inalienable right to gather and worship the Lord. It is enshrined under the first amendment of our Bill of Rights, but it is up to us to choose when, where, and how we exercise this right.
Fear of COVID 19 and the panic induced by the unknown that it represents has gripped our nation in an unprecedented way. Adding to the panic is an unending cycle of news that leaves us all grasping for the statements of the next politician or pundit declaring how bad it could get.
At the time of this writing, more than 100 people have died already in the US and likely hundreds more will die in the next few weeks. This is gravely concerning but it is not a time to panic.
The thing that we as a church need to balance is the need of the congregation to meet together, and the need of the community at large to protect itself and feel safe.
Understanding that we are a small part of a much larger community we need to take into consideration not only our own feelings of safety but the concerns of our fellow citizens.
Our elected leaders have asked us as a community, to discontinue any large gatherings that may exacerbate the community spread of this virus.
Whether we agree with the position taken by our mayor, governor, and president or not, we can agree that being a good neighbor means dealing not just with existential threats but also with fears and concerns.
Scripture tells us as, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” Furthermore, it directs us to “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme Or unto governors”. It also tells us to “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.”
To be quite honest with you, we don’t want to skip church! We don’t want to not meet and pray and sing and love with each of you this Sunday. However, we believe that in conforming our lives to the word of God we must give a place in our decision making to the community in which we live.
If we lived next to a hospital and our worship music was keeping the patients awake, we would make sure to turn it down and give place to the community in which we live. By the same measure if our neighbors see our cars gathered outside of the tents on Sunday many will feel that we are putting our own needs above theirs and the community, in defiance of our elected leaders.
Saints, we believe we need to be better neighbors than that.
We are asking that you bear with us as for the next couple weeks while we have our services online only.
This week Sunday service will be prerecorded. Watch your email, Crossroads Christian Fellowship on Facebook, and CrossroadsKauai.org for more information.
We are working with Hawaiian Telcom to get the internet back on the property to live stream Sunday service as quickly as possible. We will keep you updated on progress next week.
We are also asking that our Ohana Groups go online as well. Women’s Bible Study was already on zoom this week.
Our bills will continue during this time so please continue tithing. CrossroadsKauai.org has a Giving button about halfway down the front page. It will provide you with our mailing address as well as links to PayPpal and Kindrid for online giving.
In the meantime, check on one another. When it’s necessary help out with meals, rent, or babysitting as the kids cannot go to school. Many in our church and in our community are in for a tough time financially. Let God’s love shine through you in this difficult time.