A Governor from one state closes their beaches. A Governor from another opens theirs.
One expert says, “Shelter in place. Don’t get out.” Another one says, “Get out into open spaces.”
One person says, “Wear a mask, whatever you do.” Another one says, “Healthy people should not wear masks, whatever they do.”
One doctor says, “This drug seems to be working.” Another one says, “There’s no evidence this drug will help.”
It’s enough to drive us all crazy.
Closer to home, one expert says that churches shouldn’t start gathering for at least a year while other leaders have already started phasing in smaller gatherings — with the hope of opening it all the way up by this fall. And, the subject du jour this week is, “Singing spreads more germs, so congregations should not sing, and choirs definitely shouldn’t gather for a long time.” There are charts and diagrams backing this up and lots of people weighing in.
I guess because my phone number and email are easy to find, I’m getting questions like these from leaders -– “Can we have choir practice? Can the church gather again? How do I answer people that say we shouldn’t be singing when we start opening up our services?”
I give the same answer to all of these questions -– “I have no idea.” As a matter of fact, lately, I’m getting really nervous how about many people think they know what everybody else should be doing.
But there is one thing I know for sure — I am so confident about this that I am willing to say it without qualification because it is the direction God always gives to His children when we don’t know what to do. It is perhaps the most common command in scripture, both Old and New Testament.
This is the only advice I have for churches, leaders, singers, and worshippers…
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book (checkout his latest book: Worship Essentials). In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family (and his two new grand-babies). Visit MikeHarland.com to keep up with all that Mike has going on.