A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
Mark 1:40-42 [NIV]
I was talking to some christian friends the other day, trying to make a point on how ridiculous it was to force people in church services to keep "safety distance" due to "the Corona Pandemic" - I don't know what is true about this present times, but I know that Jesus' promises stay the same and he promised: "You will do even greater things than I did."
If we indeed believe in Jesus, we can not deny the following:
- He healed people from severe physical problems, even from death.
- He touched those people without gloves (without the fear of becoming a "super spreader") and He didn't even wash his hands before or after.
- He did not sin. So this act can not have been "to test God".
- He called us to do the same things and even greater ones
According to this list it seems rather trivial to me, that we need not be afraid of becoming "super spreaders" or of being guilty of "testing God" - we are not only allowed to meet and embrace others. We are called to lay hands on the sick and heal them. Not only can we go to church without safety distance, we should even go especially to those who are infected and lay hands on them, so they will recieve healing.
Is there any question left about this?
Andreas: Ja, es gibt noch Fragen. Wie gehe ich ganz praktisch damit um? Wie geben wir, als Christen, die Liebe Gottes wirklich weiter?
Simeon: Das ist tatsächlich gar nicht so einfach zu beantworten. Ich würde sagen, dass es nicht immer darauf ankommt, was wir tun, sondern mit welcher Einstellung. Das heißt, wenn ich mich brav daran halte, was gerade Vorschrift ist, kann ich dadurch vielleicht diese Liebe weiter geben, aber andererseits kann ich mich auch über Vorschriften hinwegsetzen und dadurch Liebe üben.