April 14, 2020

Two men hugging at church, greeting - Photo by Erika Giraud on Unsplash

John 10:10 (KJV 1900)
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.


A case can be made that the coronavirus is a weapon from the “thief.” NPG is known for its loving fellowship; a church that makes all who visit feel welcome with warm greetings and hugs. My wife reminded me of this: people can be healed and delivered by human touch. Social distancing, does not allow us to do what I believe we do best to recruit new members.

The value of physical touch has been documented scientifically. There are many references to physical touching in the Bible; I cannot recall any that speak against appropriate physical touch among the saints (greet one another with a holy kiss, 2 Corinthians 13:12).

Yes, we should maintain social distancing during this pandemic. But this too shall pass. The challenge for us - in the future - will be how do we response after this is all over? Do we, as some suggest, continue to keep our distance? If we do, the thief has won a small victory. We must remember that our LORD came to give abundant life.