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A Note from Pastor Kagin
Dear Church Family!
While the days continue to be uncertain, we serve a certain God. He is always faithful and true!
I wanted to give the following statement concerning the mask mandate.
“Currently those in Montgomery County are required to wear masks. While it was at first confirmed by the governor’s office that churches were generally exempt, it is now been stated that they are not. Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, we have been deeply grateful that our Governor has respected our First Amendment rights and has exempted our church from every executive order. However, this is the first time that our governor has made a mandate and applied it to churches. He did state to pastors during a phone call that the mandate would not be enforced in churches by police or ODH. While there is exemption for those who are officiating in a service such as the pastor, song leader, choir, vocalist, Sunday school teacher, person praying or someone giving a testimony, etc, principally we have now entered a new phase in which our state government is mandating how a person can and cannot go to church. While we are not necessarily against masks, we are against the overreach of government into the free exercise of religion.
Throughout this time of COVID we have been careful to honor the recommendations from our Governor to the best of our ability (Romans 12:18, 13:1-7). We temporarily suspended in-person gatherings for more than seventy days. As we reopened, beginning on May 31st, we were cautious in our approach installing hand sanitizing stations, donation boxes, removing hymnals and developing a sanitation team. While we made provision for physical distancing, we chose not to police the congregation and leave the decision of distancing and mask wearing largely as a personal decision. This will be our continued mode of operation. We will continue to make masks available near the welcome center as you enter if you need one and choose to wear one. If you are not wearing one, we will not ask you why as it is a personal decision. We will continue to be a welcoming, non-discriminating church (Matthew 11:28-30). As your pastor, God has called on me to be the overseer of His flock (Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:7-8, 17; Revelation 1:20) not an enforcing agent of the state. I desire to lead us to honor God, honor and pray for those in authority over us and most of all to keep our eyes on Jesus and His mission in the world (Matthew 28:19-20; Hebrews 12:1-2; Ephesians 3:21). My greatest prayer is that nothing will distract us from focusing on Christ as we gather together.”
There is a burden on my heart. The mask issue is an emotionally charged issue with many opinions. Can I encourage you to handle it with Christian love. In other words, those that choose to wear a mask should not look down on those who do not wear a mask. Those that choose not to wear a mask should not look down on those who do wear a mask. Looking down on someone else does not just happen with words, but it can happen with attitude or just a look. We don't know the all the reasons people do or do not wear them. Let's choose to promote a non-judgemental atmosphere. Satan is looking for every change to divide and conquer the body of Christ. All across this country, pastors and churches are facing pressures and issues they have never faced before. Hebrews 12:1–2 tells us, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." We must keep our eyes on Jesus! Let's choose to do that today as we gather.
As always, you are more than welcome to reach out to me if you have any questions. Also, if you are not yet comfortable with gathering yet, please join us at watchGBC.com. Whether you are in-person or at home, we want to continue to grow together in Christ. God bless you!
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