Love Your Neighbor, Slow the Spread

Amanda Cormack shared the following:

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 (via social distancing, etc.) matters not because it lessens your chance of catching this bug—many of us are going to catch this bug at some point. That’s kind of a given, considering how easily it seems to spread.

It matters because our medical professionals and facilities are finite resources. There aren’t enough of them to treat all of us at the same time. And just because you don’t need your doctor for COVID-19 doesn’t mean that you (or someone you love) won’t need your hospital and doctors for other reasons: car accidents, heart attacks, spring allergies, etc. are still going to happen, and when they do, you’re going to want to see your doctor. So “flattening the curve” means we’re reducing the likelihood that we’ll all need those medical resources at the same time.

That’s why major sporting events are being cancelled and postponed, and schools and churches are going virtual. It’s not because we’re over-reacting or panicking. It’s because we want to support our doctors and nurses as they fight this thing, and care for our loved ones, and improve their own chances for health.

Jesus taught us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. At this time, physical-social distancing is a way to show love for your neighbor. When my grandchildren ask me what I did during the Great 2020 COVID-19 Outbreak, I’m going to tell them that I was a hero, that I saved lives, and that I did so by staying home and watching Netflix.

But physical-social distancing need not be emotional-social distancing. Reach out through phone calls, emails, and texts to check on those who may be isolated and alone. Let them know that they are beloved children of God. Let them know that their church loves them. Let them know that you love them. You don’t need to explicitly say, “I love you,” making a phone call or sending an email or text is enough.