Our Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As Amended March 29, 2020
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
Well, life as we know it, the “Status Quo”, is on hold. Coronavirus, and the nation’s response to it, have brought it to a near-complete standstill.
On Sunday, March 15, 2020, our nation’s health protection agency, The Center for Disease Control (CDC), issued its recommendation that gatherings in the United States be restricted to those no greater than fifty people (50) in attendance for the next eight (8) weeks. On Monday, March 16, 2020, President Trump raised the bar releasing his recommendation that for the next fifteen days, there be no gatherings of more than ten (10) people.
Based on new modeling, the President, on March 29,2020, extended the period for restricted gatherings through the month of April. In addition, the governor of the State of California has not lifted the shelter in place order issued some weeks back for California residents.
The two scriptures above have informed our decision here at Four Seasons Christian Fellowship to suspend our church services and gatherings for the next two weeks, or through March. This is subject to change.
While information from the CDC, and World Health Organization (WHO), indicates that the impact of infection from the Coronavirus on the average person is “mild”, the risk of being infected is much higher than existing influenza virus strains. As it is a new virus the risk of inordinately high numbers of infections is a real threat to our health and safety.
Higher than usual infections would put a strain on our medical infrastructure, creating demand for medicine, medical equipment, and hospital beds far exceeding our current supply. While the impact of infection from this virus on the average person is mild, to those classified as “high-risk”, our older citizens and anyone with compromised immune systems, an infection could prove fatal.
We refuse to be motivated by fear, but we are also trying to avoid hyper-faith posturing as well. We believe that our decision is a loving response to our community and an unbelieving world who does not have faith in Jesus Christ to help them through a crisis such as this. And as the request from our government to suspend meetings is NOT an attempt to deter us from the practice of our faith, we feel that we are honoring God’s Word by submitting to those who have the rule over us. As Paul exhorts us in Philippians 4:6 “ Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
We encourage you to find ways to let the light of Christ in you, shine through you, by searching for and serving, the needs of those around you in this difficult time.
Blessings in Jesus Christ Our Lord.