I want to propose a litmus test for when we should resume our church gatherings even if they are still opposed by the civil government of whatever jurisdiction we find ourselves in. Since so many people online don’t seem keen on anything other than black-and-white categorizations, here’s a concrete test:
When a shutdown order applies equally to church and sports, the church should obey the order. When such shutdown order applies to the church, but not sports, the church should resist the order.
I’m sure there is a better test we could apply, but I think this one is pretty good. The actual right answer, of course, is about applying wisdom instead of trying to come up with a bright-line test. But even so, I think my little rule here is much better than the incessant “OK, but how many weeks of shutdown until the government is tyrannical?” that keeps popping up on my social media feeds.
If it sounds like I’m venting it’s because I am.