Should Churches ‘Stay at Home’ and ‘Social Distance?’
By Guest Writer: Eric Dunbar, Author: “
Beleiving Faith Speaks”
The Coronavirus pandemic is shaking churches across America. In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, local governments have put “stay-at-home” and “social distancing” mandates to keep the population safe. Most churches believe in separation of state and church. Not to mention, the government deems churches non-profit organizations. Should churches honor local government and stay-at-home mandates? Are they exempt from obeying local government laws?
Obey Local Laws
Jesus’ disciples knew that He was the Son of God. The Jews – namely the Pharisees – heard Him make the claim, but they didn’t believe Him. One day, those who collected the temple tax asked Peter, “Does your teacher pay the temple tax?” Peter answered, “Yes,” but he was confused about the answer he gave. Jesus later explained why it was right for Him to pay the temple tax. He told Peter where to get the money, and directed him to go and pay the tax (Matthew 17:24-37).
The Bible teaches that we – Christians – ought to obey God rather than men. The Bible also teaches that Christians are subject to those who are in authority over them (Romans 13:1-2). So, are churches then subject to stay-at-home and social distancing mandates set forth by local government authorities? Or should the church be exempt from government authorities? What do you think?