All of us know the great commandments: love God and love your neighbour as yourself.
I suppose there is no better time than this Covid-19 season to express our love for our neighbours by staying away from people (whether at work, in school, at church, or even for a simple meal) when we feel unwell, even remotely unwell.
Note what the commandment says, “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
Would you want to catch Covid-19 from someone else? Clearly, the answer is no. Therefore, I had to exercise social responsibility when I chose to stay away from church on Sunday because I was coughing.
Did I feel irresponsible as the appointed shepherd of God’s flock? Of course.
But is it necessary? Yes! Why? Because I love my neighbours as myself.
In the parable of the Good Samaritan which Jesus taught (Luke 10:25–37), the priest and Levite – representing pastors and members – prioritized their religious duty at the expense of a fellow human being’s life.
Let us learn from this parable. In our worship of God, let us not neglect our love for people by exercising social responsibility to stay away when we are feeling unwell or when we have just returned from overseas in the past 14 days. Our church will also do our part by suspending Sunday worship services for these two weeks.
You know the commandments. Now, go and do likewise.
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