“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” – Matthew 18:20
I certainly won’t speak for others, yet will state this: It felt awesome to see everyone in person at our October C Suite for Christ gathering. Yes, masks and all.
Do you get the feeling that people are burning out on virtual gatherings? I do. There’s something about being able to look another person in the eyes, and feel their physical presence, that a computer screen will never replace.
We humans are social creatures. God made us this way. He didn’t intend for us to live hidden from others. We’re called to gather, especially to worship Him.
“Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!” —Psalm 50:5
Yes, God calls us to fellowship—together. We should put all else aside to do so, and jointly proclaim His word from the rooftops (Matthew 10:27)
COVID-19 has decidedly changed our society. Some changes, you could argue, are for the better. How can families spending time together, or more people engaging in outdoor activities, be anything but good?
Some changes, though, are decidedly negative. Continuing a growing wave I described at our September gathering, COVID-19 has accelerated attacks upon faith communities. Local governments banned church services. Angry critics accused churches that dared to meet in person of holding “spreader” events.
In other words, COVID-19 was weaponized against people of faith. Those who want to censor the Gospel, and close churches, seized upon the pandemic as another means to pursue their sinister, secular goals.
Let’s stand together and answer resoundingly: NO! The world needs Christ more than ever. In a time of stress, of loss, of uncertainty for so many, His presence is the balm that can heal our wounds, and salve our souls. Now is the time to stand together with God, not disintegrate into scattered, wandering tribes.
Let’s rekindle a spirit of true community and solidarity among C Suite for Christ members. Let’s mirror our LinkedIn page, which is alive with energy from new followers and loud hosannas.
“Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.”—Psalm 106:47
Let’s follow our Biblical calling, and join together at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls. I make on promise to you: It’s going to be awesome.
(If you’re ready to embrace Christ, He’s ready for you. Visit C Suite for Christ to join in Christ-centered fellowship with other professionals. Submit a prayer request for a pressing need in your life. Participate in a virtual prayer session to ask God to be with those who have submitted requests. Follow C Suite for Christ on LinkedIn and Facebook. Questions? Contact Paul M. Neuberger at (414) 313-8338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)