COVID-19 Church Update
 
Beloved,

 

I hope this note finds you doing well! The leadership at BCF has been closely following our government’s response to COVID-19, and prayerfully considering our own response as a church.

The Governor’s mandate to wear masks in public presents us with interesting challenges, to say the least. We as Christian citizens do not always agree with our leaders, and there may well be times we need to make the choice to disobey, in order to obey God. As it is written, “We must obey God rather than human beings!” (Acts 5:29, NIV).

We also know that good people may have differing opinions about the events of our world, their implications, and our own responsibilities with regard to them. We at BCF desire to operate in responsibility to and under the overarching principle of love. This is our great ambition and joy! If we have learned anything during this challenging season, we have learned that this certainly carries with it a cost. To continue to be subject to our earthly authorities, as the scripture directs us, is also costly.
Though this obedience certainly has its limits, I do not believe we have reached that point yet.

As a result, I will be following the Governor’s mandate and will wear a mask at church whenever I am not on-stage ministering. I personally do not like it, and find it very inconvenient. But as Peter writes, by The Holy Spirit, “Submit yourselves for The Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.” For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people” (1 Peter 2:13-15, NIV).

As Christians, we do not attempt to control people, nor their personal decisions. We will have masks available at the main doors for anyone who needs one, and will strive to maintain the health and safety protocols that we have already implemented.

I am fully aware that there are strong opinions on all sides of this issue. Whatever my personal opinions concerning The Governor’s recent mandate, it is clearly a disputable matter. I encourage you to remember the scripture that teaches us to accept each other without passing judgment on disputable matters (Romans 14:1). My deep desire is that we as a church continue in unity and love through this challenging season.

If anyone does not feel comfortable attending our live services because of any COVID 19 related issues, please join us for the online experience through our website and other digital venues. We urge you to stay connected to your church, especially now, as we continue to pray and believe for better days ahead.

We both love you all very much,

-PBO & Shannon

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