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Church Canceled? 6 Ways To Respond – And 5 Ways Not To
The church is always at our best, not when things are going well, but when we respond in a Christ-like manner to a difficult circumstance.

Use your church’s online giving option, mail a check, or bring your gift to the church building during the week. They’d appreciate it, and they’ll use it well.

6. Meet A Need

In addition to giving financially to your home church, look for other ways to help people who need it the most.

Look for ways to help people who need it the most.

Delivering meals, caring for kids whose schools have closed, and running errands for those who are ill are just a few of the ways we can be a presence of hope instead of fear.

Caution: 5 Ways NOT To Respond

1. Don’t panic

The church, the community and the world have been through worse than this. If we stay calm, trust God and help each other, we’ll be okay. But if we panic, the result of that has the potential to be worse than the disease.

2. Don’t hoard

This is always the result of panic. And it always ends badly.

When we hoard, the resources don’t go to those who need it the most, but to those who have the physical and financial wherewithal to shop, pay and store it all.

When this happens, the people who need items the most (the sick, the elderly, the poor) have fewer resources because those who need it the least (the healthy, the young, the rich) are hoarding more than they can use.

If you’re able to hoard (even if you call it stocking up), you’re able to give. Turn that energy and those resources outward and bless your less-abled neighbors.

3. Don’t politicize

No one is behaving perfectly in this situation. Not those on your side of the political aisle or those on the other one.

Let’s work together for the betterment of everyone, no matter their political party.

4. Don’t spread falsehoods

The only thing that spreads faster than germs and viruses are lies.

Confirming the truth is always hard in a crisis. Don’t make it worse by passing anything along until you have fact-checked it from multiple reliable sources.

As a rule of thumb, the more spectacular the claim, the less likely it is to be true. And if it’s a meme, it’s a lie.

Better to say nothing than to pass along a lie.

5. Don’t scapegoat

We love to cast blame. Somehow we feel better if there’s a country, an ethnicity, a politician, an ideology, or even God himself to blame.

Right now is not the time for blame – and it’s never the time for scapegoating (which is casting undeserved blame). It’s the time for courage, wisdom, unity, and faith.

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March 13, 2020 at 11:00 PM

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