RFI President Eric Patterson: “COVID Questions for America’s Churches”

March 24, 2023

RFI President Eric Patterson wrote an article published at WORLD Magazine this week titled, “COVID Questions for America’s Churches.” Patterson explores the question whether congregations acted out of fear or out of love for neighbor during the pandemic, even as they were navigating an array of onerous government restrictions. He writes:

Three years ago, the world shut down. Reports chronicled the immense impact of COVID-19 on our times, but Christians seem reluctant to talk about it now. Pastors and religious leaders say to me, “Nobody wants to talk about COVID-19. We just want to forget about it.”

Nevertheless, we should talk about our Christian witness, the effect on Christian communities, and challenges to the practice of faith. Most importantly, did we, as individuals and communities of faith, respond in fear or love? Did we take appropriate action, or were we lethargic? Did the world see Christ’s church as indifferent or lovingly engaged?

Read the full article: “COVID Questions for America’s Churches.”