Updated: May 19, 2020
"I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment." - 1 Corinthians 1:10 (ESV)
In my entire 26 years of life, I have never experienced a division in the church like I am experiencing now. There is no unity at all, except for the fact that everyone is united in fear. From what I am seeing, there are two groups of people. On one side of the spectrum, there are people who are fearful that freedoms are being taken from them because of the stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus. They are angry that they can't go back to work, support their families, and make an income. They are afraid that more freedoms will be taken away as things continue to progress.
On the other side of the spectrum, there are those who are afraid that they or their loved ones are going to contract the virus. They believe the stay-at-home orders are necessary for everyone's well being. They feel that certain individuals are being flippant and could possibly hurt the people around them.
Today, I was on an online meeting with some of our church members. As we began discussing plans of when to reopen our church to the public, an argument broke out. Several voices began raising, and a few people began taking sides. Now, I want you to understand something about this argument: I have never experienced our church members arguing with each other. For the most part, we are pretty unified. So after this argument broke out, I realized there was a deeper core issue.