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Short Take #3: Loving Thy Neighbor

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March 17, 2021 1:08 am

Short Take #3: Loving Thy Neighbor

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March 17, 2021 1:08 am

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Here is another sort. Take the Christian worldview with David.

We did this with us today on the Christian review pastor of cornerstone Church in Jackson, Wyoming. This is asking the same question sort of a different way or or asking at the way you might hear someone say currently in society in the midst of cove. It will why is an online church good enough for you here. This isn't loving thy neighbor to stay home you're endangering people if you go to church and gather as a group and you don't keep physically distance and don't wear multiple mast and so forth how to answer those kinds of questions are there there there is that perspective out there as well. Tubal church online is this church after all, is not your just looking over a screen at the pastor and some other people who are may be on that screen as well a really good question common question. First of all let me say that with people who, in the flock, and dear saints who do want to stay home and baby are struggling a little bit were there caring for maybe an elderly loved one who is considered in this high risk category. You know they're not sure about coming back in prison you want to be really gracious and take each person situationally bit beat patient be loving, be compassionate, but for this idea of will.

I can't why can we do church online. There's a lot of ways that address that first of all just generally speaking, I mean would you approach your family like that you know would you approach your your your family gatherings. You know my kids are in town.

My grandkids are in town and well it's what were going to do our Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas dinner online yet another there is something missing there. You know that personal touch that that intimate feel of of fellowship and that heightened in the body of Christ with the command that mentioned already from Hebrews 1025, also with with the one another's, and then descriptively practiced in Scripture together what God has made human being to 3D connect in person and there is simply no substitute for that and just evidentially paste we could interview a slew of church members over this past year. He did the online thing in many if not most, with the you know it just does note some to you wouldn't get married dear wife online. You know you want to be there.

You want to lift the veil you want to kiss your bride. You want people there take to greet you and to congratulate you for that sort of genuinely speaking, more particularly, we frankly David have the command do not forsake gathering with one another and we ought not say well God didn't know that there is to be Internet back then and have these wonderful skies bend zooming based on the abilities know our God is sovereign God is is is omniscient.

CTE knew it was going to happen in the 21st century. In fact, he ordained it. Ecclesiastes 7 talks about Lamentations 3 as well, and so the Scriptures. Therefore, when it commands us to meet together in person. Those commands are transcendent, they they applied to all time.

All places and all situations. And so this online thing. It simply is no substitute okay when you know back in in in in March and April last year we were sort of unsure. I think a lot of churches not all that a lot of churches said okay at the request of our local health authorities.

You have no idea what this virus is to do the models were saying. Millions upon millions we get a die within the first few months to serve as a way to third our local hospitals to lighten the load on high fees. Okay, we can push pause for little bit and I think that correct me if I'm wrong David, but I think that the quote was something like you 15 days to flatten the curtain. 858 let liquor about never exactly what what, that's very, very much in exception to the command together in person. Now as far as loving to to stay home again.

We want to be real gracious with people be very very patient but no that that isn't more loving to stay home, and in fact I think in our time, we have we have taken and we sort of twisted this idea of love and forced it myopically to take the definition of stay home wear a mask. Don't be around people and it's become a symbol of righteousness. What the Bible doesn't say that we have to be much more broad and are in our perspective. It's actually loving it can be very loving to gather for in person. Worshipful life that seems kind of counterintuitive. Some people because you are getting bored into your worshiping God your meeting other people who are fearful, who are terrified you are scared you might be suffering your meeting with them connecting with them, hearing about needs you yourself as you attend corporate worship are just getting refreshed with the word of God and refreshed with the gifts of the saints that you see each other and therefore you go out the other six days and we scattered the other six days throughout the week.

More more loving, more and more to the image of Christ to be license all and frankly in the world is backward in terrified right now so I think we have to be careful about about the narrow definition of love. This is beneficial in taking the Christian lady with David Wheaton. Find out more about the Christian worldview resources make a donation, monthly partner will contact us visit the Christian you can also call us toll-free 1-888-646-2233.

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