Should the church be closed? Well, N.T. Wrights take on the issue is not to debate whether we should be closed but to ask the question, does it really matter? The church can be the church whether it is meeting in a building or meeting online. The real question is, “What is the church doing to help out their fellow man during this time?”He gives us a good historical look back on how the church responded in previous times to different plagues that ran rampant through the world. Often times the church was at the forefront of healing, caring and praying with the sick during different plagues.
I think he is correct that while the church is “closed” to worship services it is never closed to doing God’s work. Pastors and laypeople should not be absent from society during this time. They should be engaged in doing what they can to help during this time. Find creative ways to be God’s ands and feet to the people around you.
This is a short read, but there are some real nuggets of gold in there for each of us.