Keeping Spiritual Community During Social Distancing

By   •   March 20, 2020

During this strange time of social distancing due to the coronavirus, there’s a danger of becoming isolated.

Everyone is susceptible, especially the elderly, those with disabilities and people working from home.

Truth is, God made people for community. We rely on each other for company, encouragement and practical help. We celebrate happy occasions and offer comfort during sad times.

Beyond that, Christians share a spiritual bond—the hope of eternal life with Jesus Christ.

In Hebrews 10:24–25, it says, “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Meeting together today looks a little different for concern of spreading COVID-19. Many churches are now holding virtual services, which is an excellent opportunity to worship and hear a message of encouragement. Yet, some may not have the technical know-how to connect to an online service. And some churches simply don’t have the resources for online gatherings.

It’s vital to look out for each other and stay in touch. Pick up the phone and check on someone; mail or email encouraging letters. And don’t forget your pastor probably could use an uplifting note, too.

>>Check out 5 Bible-based truths from Billy Graham about loneliness.

If you’re at home by yourself during this COVID-19 outbreak, there are things you can do to remain peaceful, soul-healthy and help others.

Here are some ideas:

  • Turn up worship music and sing out to God.
  • Call someone who lives alone and encourage them in Christ. Try to steer the conversation away from the latest COVID-19 news and focus on positive topics.
  • Pray with a friend or family member over the phone or use a video-chat feature like FaceTime supported by Apple devices. Apps, programs available for download via Apple’s App Store or Android’s Google Play, are another option. Just be aware, these video programs will use either data or require an internet connection.
  • Call a friend and take turns reading Scripture passages.
  • Watch a church service streamed online or on TV. If that’s not an option, here are three Billy Graham sermons to encourage you:
    The Hope of the World
    The Danger of Neutrality
    How to Get to Heaven
  • If you’re technically savvy, help an older person who isn’t. Write down simple point-by-point instructions and take them to a neighbor to help them connect to their church service online. Or, if they live far away, walk them through it over the phone.
  • Make time to connect with people you know, especially neighbors living alone. Depression is a reality for too many Americans. Without human connection, the dark cloud could thicken.

>Worried about the coronavirus? Call the BGEA Prayer Line 24/7 at 888-388-2683.

Recently, Franklin Graham posted this encouragement and Bible verse from Romans on social media.

“As a Christian, I know that ultimately my hope comes from God, through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ,” he said. “It is my prayer that as individuals, and as a nation, we will turn to Him.”

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).

Christ will make His home in your heart as you trust in Him. Pray now.

If you have suicidal thoughts, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.