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Should churches be the first to reopen? : Comments

By Greg Bondar, published 15/5/2020

There is no denying that the demographics of many congregations make sanctuaries a risky place for gatherings to resume.

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Given that Australia is now pretty much a "Godless" country, the reopening of the bricks and motar aspect of Christianity will never be a big deal. However, given the scarcity of witnessing Christians, there would seem to be ample opportunity for people wishing to attend church to do so with plenty of space around them.
Posted by ttbn, Friday, 15 May 2020 10:14:52 AM
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In the US planned parenthood baby killing clinics remained open while cancer and other 'non' essential services were on hold. You can be sure that secular humanist will never get their priorities right.
Posted by runner, Friday, 15 May 2020 10:26:06 AM
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Seriously = now an article of religious "openings".

Whilst we all support a religion (or not) it is up to Government to ascertain whether religious worship gatherings is appropriate at this time - or not.

Whatever religious "belief" one has, we have been able to access by "on line" services.

So - chill.

Members of "all faiths" or none are certainly being catered for.

We await Governments response, but as of today have been advised this Corona Virus not going away any time soon .. and that information is for ALL residents of Australia and those of "no faith.

So you and others may wish to get parishioners back to an "actual" church" - we will work via Government's instructions.
Posted by SAINTS, Friday, 15 May 2020 4:43:48 PM
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Greg,

Thank you for an excellent assessment of the back-to-church gatherings - in steps recommended by the government. The four-stage process of reopening the churches to larger gatherings sounds reasonable and practical to me.

For me as an evangelical Christian, this pandemic has taught: (1) There is a greater need for the small group (house church) emphasis - like the church of the first century. And (2) Modern technology has helped develop live streaming, Zoom and Skype activities to keep the people of God in contact with one another. I have been participating in a prayer meeting weekly, using Zoom.

Again, I thank you for a thoughtful and articulate article about bringing church function back to normal after Covid-19.
Posted by OzSpen, Friday, 15 May 2020 5:52:05 PM
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Well, saw on the News tonight that a Mosque in Darwin is in operation again, Churches shouldn't be more than a month behind !
Posted by individual, Friday, 15 May 2020 9:14:41 PM
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When the 'shut everything down' reaction started, the elderly congregation of a Greek Orthodox congregation in Adelaide was interviewed on TV. The old ladies questioned were upset that they wouldn't be able to attend their church because some official they had never heard of said so, and they were convinced that God would protect them in 'His house'. Their faith was pissed upon. Anyone with such faith should have been allowed to continue attending church.

Not a churchgoer myself, I think the closing of churches and the denial of Christian faith, was one of the biggest acts of bastardry in the whole save-lives-at-any-price over-reaction. Those with faith not quite as strong as those old ladies could have stayed home.
Posted by ttbn, Saturday, 16 May 2020 11:07:11 AM
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