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The Gospel of Sweat

I continue to see pastors feeling lost about what to do. History shows churches rose to the occasion during crises and plagues. Your church may not be able to meet on Sundays, but your members can prepare meals for those who cannot take care of themselves. Your members can go grocery shopping for those who cannot. Your members can fund the businesses of their fellow congregants who might otherwise shutter because of social distancing.

Churches are not just about sharing the gospel through a sermon, but sharing it through living it. Christ fed the hungry and gave actual water to the physically thirsty. Churches have a divinely given opportunity to pick back up the gospel of sweat.

If your church has not called its members this week to find out what they actually, physically need, you are doing the gospel wrong. Stop wringing your hands on social media and feeling lost. Pick up the phone, grab the church directory, and make a phone call.

Don’t stop at the congregants. If I were a church, I’d adopt a restaurant, a gym, or another small business and step up to cover their rent at a time no one could visit. Go out and buy groceries for those in need. But really, build community through phone calls. Your voice — not a metaphor — your actual voice on the other end of a phone call with a congregant shut in their home with their kids and family just to check on them is something.

We are not meant to be alone and this virus is forcing us to be alone. Build a community outside the church building if even with just your voice or your wallet.

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