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"Can I be as direct as I possibly can? Stop reposting memes and articles," says Travis Akins, minister for the Heritage Church of Christ in Edmond, Okla., during a livestream service in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Stop commenting on everybody's two cents about the current climate that we're in. That adds to the noise and the uncertainty." He urged Christians to be "joyful, calm voices."
Editorial
Livestream from Heritage Church of Christ in Edmond, Okla.

Editorial: Don’t panic, don’t scoff, and look for blessings in the pandemic


Don’t panic. And don’t scoff. We can’t stress that enough.

The only thing more virulent than COVID-19 is misinformation about the virus. No, this is not a political plot. No, “the media” is not trying to shut down society. Yes, politics and personal bias have seeped into this pandemic as they seep into everything else. But those of us who know the saving love of Christ are above all that. We are at peace.

"Can I be as direct as I possibly can? Stop reposting memes and articles," says Travis Akins, minister for the Heritage Church of Christ in Edmond, Okla., during a livestream service in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Stop commenting on everybody's two cents about the current climate that we're in. That adds to the noise and the uncertainty." He urged Christians to be "joyful, calm voices."

“Can I be as direct as I possibly can? Stop reposting memes and articles,” says Travis Akins, minister for the Heritage Church of Christ in Edmond, Okla., during a livestream service in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Stop commenting on everybody’s two cents about the current climate that we’re in. That adds to the noise and the uncertainty.” He urged Christians to be “joyful, calm voices.”

While we occasionally roll our eyes at the precautions and the cancelations, we must remember the vulnerable among us, the immunocompromised. Their needs must, on occasion, supersede our convenience and comfort. Let’s use this opportunity to reconnect — even if only by phone or computer — with those we’ve neglected, those we love, those who are alone in the midst of this public health crisis.

The biggest question on our minds right now is, “How long will this last?” We don’t know, but we’re committed to doing everything we can to keep our fellowship informed, connected and united during these uncertain times. This is one reason we believe in the importance of delivering The Christian Chronicle directly to your mailbox.

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Related: Coronavirus pandemic prompts numerous Churches of Christ to cancel Sunday assemblies


While covering this global pandemic, we were particularly inspired by these words from Franco Verardi, a missionary and evangelist who serves multiple Churches of Christ in Italy, a nation hard hit by the virus:

Franco Verardi

Franco Verardi

“HOW MUCH I miss a hug, a pat on the back, a kiss from a friend or brother.

“HOW MUCH I miss a handshake, the noise of a crowd, the children running in the supermarkets aisles.

“HOW MUCH I would like to sneeze and not be seen as an ‘unclean’ person, to dine out with friends and even the embrace of my parents.

“HOW MUCH I MISS NORMAL LIFE!

“I am sure that when all this will end, I will appreciate much more what I took for granted before. Today I already see it as a great blessing!”

Amen, brother! May we all see God’s simple blessings.

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