Church: Bad for your health

Everybody who pays attention knows by now that some church or other is the locus of countless Covid -19 outbreaks. Go to church, breath in that air swirled around by a bellowing pastor and mediocre choir, and hope you don’t make the obit section of your local newspaper (if one is still published in your area, I mean).

So religion is not merely bad for your mind, and your character — it can kill you.

Even so, here is a Holy Man who is shaming non-attendees.

I’m very happy that each one of y’all are here this morning, but here’s where I’m not happy this morning. I want you to look around. Look around this morning. We have Sister [redacted] and Sister [redacted], they’re gone on vacation. [Redacted] and [redacted] and their family is not here. [Redacted] and [redacted] and their family is not here. Sister [redacted] is not here. [Redacted] and [redacted] is not here this morning. Miss [redacted] is not here. Sister [redacted] is not here. [Redacted] and his family is not here. Sister [redacted] and [redacted] and some of the children’s not here. [Redacted] and [redacted] is not here this morning. Sister [redacted] and her children is not here. [Redacted] and [redacted] and [redacted] is not here. [Redacted] and [redacted] and [redacted] is not here. [Redacted] and [redacted] and their family is not here.

Well, good for [redacted] et. al. If they know what’s good for them, they’ll stay away.

And here is a church where there’s no need to worry about the family next to you; the pastoral team is infected and, if you don’t get it sitting innocently in the pew, you’ve got a good chance of being infected when the pastor shakes your hand and insists upon a few moments of polite chit-chat on the way out the door.

Grace City Church, a fast-growing Hillsong Family church in Lakeland, Florida, waded into the divisive issue of mask-wearing in Florida Sunday when it announced that it would ask members to wear masks after the church’s husband and wife team of lead pastors revealed they had been infected with the new coronavirus.

During an online service Sunday, the pastors of the church, Andrew Gard and his wife Christina, confirmed their “mild” infection with COVID-19. The confirmation came after they gathered for the first time in person since the lockdown began for a church prayer night on June 14.

Well. That puts a new and interesting spin on the “Good News,” don’t you think?

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