Covid-19 and Culture

Pastoral Reflections

One of the big questions these days is, “Can there be a return to how we lived our lives before COVID-19?” Another writer put it this way, “Will there be a post-coronavirus society, or should we rethink life and values?”

Society shows some concern about how this period may affect our traditional ways of life. Culture is a broad word but, at the end, it can be seen as those ways and patterns by which we live and share life in common.

Asking a similar, but more fundamental, question from a Christian standpoint, “What are some of the things that shape the Christian way of life?”

Paul, writing to the Philippians, urged them to continue to practice the lifestyle they had received and into which they had been shaped.         Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever
        is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,
        think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice
        these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Phil. 4:8-9, NIV)

In many ways, culture is ‘received’, practiced, and passed down over time. They are learned patterns that find expression in life shared commonly. It’s deeper than merely doing. It’s more a way of life.

As our secular culture grapples with the cultural effects of COVID-19 especially in the privacy and seclusion of physical distancing, may our thoughts and lifestyles continue to reflect our other culture that is founded upon the heavenly society. And, since we are still a people on a journey, may God be present with us and provide us grace on that journey.
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Donald Nwankwo
The Light of Christ Anglican Church
4000 W. Yale Ave.
Denver, CO 80219