By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
As I have traveled more in recent months, I have visited with pastors and church leaders across the state. One thing I have sensed is some discouragement that while things have opened up in Tennessee and our nation, attendance at our churches, for the most part, has not risen to pre-COVID-19 levels.
These ministers listen to concerns about the continued presence of COVID-19 and the new strain that continues to infect people. They understand that some members are genuinely concerned for their health. And, they should be.
COVID-19 is still rampant in our state and across the nation. I actually know more people who have had COVID or have died from COVID this year than I did all of last year. COVID-19 is real and it should be taken seriously.
But I understand why many of our pastors are confused. They hear from their congregants that they are afraid to be “in crowds” yet some of those same people can be seen at the local department store, their favorite restaurant and now, with football season well underway, in a jam-packed stadium with thousands of other people. So much for fear of catching COVID. [Read more…]