𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗.
I hate what it does to people physically, but I hate even more what it has done to people 𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 and 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲. As a Christian, I believe all people are made imago Dei, made in the image of the Triune God who exists eternally not in isolation, but in community within Himself — Father, Son, and Spirit. As His creation, we too are created to live in community, not in isolation.
I believe COVID-19 has hurt far more people emotionally and spiritually than it has physically. Depression is up. Suicide rates continue to climb. Children can’t get a normal routine in school. Social anxiety is at an all time high due to our time in shut downs, quarantine, and fear of being within 6 feet of others.
I believe many (not all) of the medications we take that attempt to remove the social anxiety and depression are only band aids on an open, much deeper wound.
I believe much of the anxiety and depression we experience is self-inflicted due to intentional isolation rather than our genetic makeup.
We need something deeper, something that touches both body and soul for true peace. Is there a solution? Yes, the body of Christ — the local church. When Christians gather as the body of Christ, we come together physically to be encouraged, equipped, and strengthened spiritually through God’s means of grace.
We come to share our struggles, pains, failures, doubts, joys, gratitude, and hope before a God who cares for us (1 Peter 4:19; 5:6-7). We come together experiencing the genuine and authentic community we were created for. A community that can’t be replaced by any other gathering that is void of the Spirit of God. A community that can’t be experienced virtually, but only face to face.
So are you anxious? Are you weary? Are you tired of the isolation? Brother or sister in Christ, return to the local church. Christ is not separated from His bride, and neither should we be.
The author of Hebrews says, “and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”— Hebrews 10:24-25 (NASB, 95)