Maybe it is just me, but I’m a little confused. There is all this talk about churches “reopening.” As I said, it’s a little confusing, at least to me.
And, before anyone gets upset, yes, I too have talked about when we were going to reopen. But then I thought about it. “Reopen” implies that there was a time when we were, well, not open...in other words there was a time when the church was closed.
While I cannot speak for other places, the Eastgate church of Christ has not been closed. We have continued to be “open” for business throughout this period in time.
We have had people stop by seeking help...we have helped them.
We have had many of our members calling other members to check on them.
We have had many of our members doing “little things” that have provided big encouragement to others.
We have produced “full length” worship services that were viewed online...perhaps by more people than were attending when we last met together.
We have produced a Wednesday night Bible lesson that, in my own opinion, is not too bad.
We have continued to do everything that we would do back when things were “normal”, with one exception.
That exception is that we are not meeting in person. Thus, some would say, we are “closed.”
But can the church really close? I suppose if a congregation suspended operations, then it could be said that it was closed. But if we are just not meeting together in person, are we closed? And even if a congregation ceases operations, is it really “closed.”
Not a chance! The church cannot be closed, because the church is not a building it is people!
I look forward to the day when we reo...no, when we restart meeting in person!