What COVID Hasn’t Affected… | by Bruce Droogsma
Updated: Nov 25, 2020
COVID has changed a lot. Small Groups are meeting online more often. Those that meet in person are socially distancing. We all know what Zoom Fatigue is (or we can make an educated guess). The realities of “hybrid school” and “self-quarantine” have created a “new normal” for many of us. We can all list the things that have been cancelled in our lives or changed beyond recognition. But some things haven’t changed. “God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good,” reminds us that God is our consistency in this time.
That said, other things we wish would change have not.
For the last several years I, and a group of others from our church and community, have
participated in an awareness and fundraising effort called Dressember that aims to highlight the issue of human trafficking in the month of December. People who engage agree to wear a tie or a dress (or if you cannot some other item) to spark conversation around human trafficking. One idea the Dressember team has been sharing really stuck with me, “Human trafficking didn’t get cancelled due to COVID.”
This year we have been creating small group spaces to have hard conversations. We have challenged all small groups to push into where God is leading them. We started learning circles around issues of racism and welcoming the LGBT+ community into our church. Our Conversations Podcast started conversations on politics. All of these are difficult realities and challenges which clearly didn’t get cancelled due to COVID. So a lot has changed because of the pandemic but a lot has stayed the same and we as a church still need to live out Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” So, how are you being a light in this time?
Engage in a learning circle, have a challenging conversation in your small group, participate in generosity over the holidays, help fight human trafficking. Be the salt of the earth.