I recently listened to an episode of the Q Ideas podcast (dated October 1, 2020) which featured two very well-known US mega-church pastors who have had very different approaches to COVID restrictions: John MacArthur and Andy Stanley. One pastors in California and one in Georgia, which may not be an insignificant factor in their ways of dealing with the situation. I appreciated aspects of each perspective. Whichever pastor you agree with more, I think it’s fair to say that each is acting on personal conviction and is endeavouring to lead and pastor their church with wisdom in order to love their neighbours. You can either listen to it below or go to this link.
2 thoughts on “John MacArthur and Andy Stanley: Two Pastors on COVID Restrictions”
Both Pastors have their own theories of how they want to lead their congregations, and that’s okay.
I believe in God’s Laws, not Man’s Laws. It is a hard situation which we have never had to deal with before.
Remember, Elaine, that in Scripture Christians are told to be law-abiding citizens who honour and submit to governing authorities. See 1 Peter 2:13-17 and Romans 13:1-7. One of the reasons we have the laws we do in our society is because of the influence of the Bible and Christianity on our culture. Only when governing authorities try to compel Christians to violate their conscience or disobey God can we consider not obeying the laws put in place by them.
You are right in saying that we’ve never had to deal with something like this before. We need to extend grace and understanding to those who differ in their views of how to handle this situation. Perhaps one approach doesn’t apply to all people and all situations? After all, in the case of COVID restrictions not all state or provincial authorities are doing things the same way because they aren’t facing the same level of concern with respect to COVID. What works here in NS might not be the right approach in Ontario or BC.
In any case, these are challenging and often confusing times for many. There aren’t always easy answers about how to handle this situation. Our province leaders, I think, are doing the best they can. All the more reason to carefully consider how we as people of faith respond to these measures.