Kate Bowler found the words that I have been unable to find, especially in the video posted here.
“There has been no unified voice from the church”
There has not been, and it is a scandal.
I leave you with her words that I have taken as mine as well.
“I can’t be quiet about this anymore.
We are living in a time of great fear and uncertainty, and in the last month or so I have watched as people’s ability to process risk has increasingly deteriorated. The pandemic’s risk to our health is as terrible as before, but there is such a deep desire to go back to “business as usual.” I really, really get it. When I was diagnosed, I was given only a couple months to live. Then a couple more. It feels impossible to live like that.
The pandemic is creating a world in which we get only a few month’s horizon at a time and it makes us all feel completely disoriented. But if we pretend…if we fail to live in the world as it truly is…we are buying into a delusion that fails, ultimately, to act with love. We must forgo small pleasures to do what is just—to love our neighbor. To love our elderly neighbor. To love our sick neighbor. To honor all those who *do not have a choice* except to be out in the workforce–vulnerable and exposed–by creating less risk to them.
The world is rendered unsafe for all those like me and like SO MANY who cannot be exposed. But I refuse to feed this madness anymore. Yes, we are tired of being afraid. But people have lived in times of great uncertainty with kindness and courage and truth before, and we can do it again.
So please, if you can, stay at home. If you can’t, wear a mask. And if you are out there taking an unnecessary risk, for the sake of your neighbor, don’t put it on social media anymore. We, the vulnerable, need you to love us too.”
Now, it’s all yours today…