Last month, the People’s Church in Salem, Oregon held an in-person, indoors, and maskless church service for too many people. Since then, they have also organized three Sunday services each week.
And wouldn’t you know, this church is now at the center of 74 COVID outbreaks, according to the state’s health department. It is one of the largest “workplace epidemics” in the state.
The scary thing is how Christian leaders don’t seem to care about this.
In a report, church leaders attributed the outbreak to a recent increase in covid-19 cases in Marion County, Oregon. “We are concerned about the covid-19 outbreak in Oregon,” Executive Pastor Tom Murray said in an email to the Washington Post. “This statewide increase has impacted our entire region, including our family church.”
Murray said the church, which has held in-person services throughout the pandemic, intends to continue the in-person ceremonies on Sunday.
This virus is dangerous! It affects the whole region! It hurts our church! And that is why we are going to ignore all precautions and act as if the pandemic never happened!
It’s not just rhetoric, either. This is the same church that sued the governor last year over COVID restrictions that limited in-person gatherings to 25 people and did not include an exemption for churches. In other words, these Christians haven’t learned anything about how the virus is spread over the past year.
While the church has encouraged people to wear masks and practice social distancing, it has not enforced it, rendering their precautions unnecessary.
For an Assemblies of God church that promotes “pro-life” positions, these people are actively trying to kill their neighbors because of their own negligence. They are not just ignorant, they are hypocrites. And their utter disregard for the health of anyone will not just hurt church members; they will hurt people in the community who have not been vaccinated.
What does the body count have to be before any of these church leaders start to care about anyone other than themselves?
(Thanks to Scott for the link)