We are in the midst of a crisis that is forcing the church to learn a new song and dance.
Today, we are in the midst of a crisis that is forcing the church to learn a new song and dance.
Back on March 19, Tomas Pueyo published an article titled “Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance.” In that article, he argued for strong measures (Hammer) to be taken early to flatten the curve of the virus’ affect. During this time of strict measures, Pueyo noted that it would allow the healthcare systems and scientists—along with the federal and state governments—time to better address the virus.
After Hammer time, Pueyo explained it would be dance time until there is a vaccine. He explained,
We call the months-long period between the Hammer and a vaccine the Dance because it won’t be a period during which measures are always the same harsh ones. Some regions will see outbreaks again, others won’t for long periods of time. Depending on how cases evolve, we will need to tighten up social distancing measures or we will be able to release them.
We believe we are moving in the direction of Dance time—call it the “COVID-19 Dance.”
Without getting too technical—because neither one of us are dance experts—in dance, there is the rhythm of the dance, the rules (techniques) of the dance, and the moves of the dance.
It will be incumbent on church leaders to learn this new dance as we gear up to relaunch the church.
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