This week I saw a news headline that said that people who have had Covid-19 can lose the antibodies and be reinfected. This makes people wonder and speculate whether a vaccine will require an annual booster similar to the flu. Most likely, every year people are going to need to get a shot due to the threat of being infected again. And the majority of people will do it. I am not voicing an opinion on the coronavirus, masks, vaccinations or anything of the sort. But I do want to make a comparison.
Sin is the all-time worst virus that man has ever been infected with. Besides Elijah and Enoch sin has claimed the life of every individual who has walked the earth. It has a 100% mortality rate (Rom 3:23, 5:12). The cure was found in Jesus Christ the great physician. All those who have been baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of their sins have the hope of victory over the sting of death in the resurrection (Gal 3:27, 1Cor 15:55-57). But did you know there is a sense in which you can be reinfected with that virus?
The Bible is clear that a Christian can fall away and go back into the world (2 Tim 4:10, Heb 3:12). The parable of the sower in Matthew 13 teaches that cares of the world and tribulations can cause us to be lost. The Bible teaches that someone falling away, in a sense becomes sicker than a person of the world (2 Pet 2:21). As we remove ourselves from the “hospital” of spiritual health in assembling with the saints, we gamble with the possibility of just drifting away. That is exactly the context of Hebrews 10:25.
Which virus do we take more seriously? God expects us to take care of our bodies. It is profitable to be healthy (1 Tim 4:8). But if we gain our physical health at the expense of our souls what is the point? These things must be individually weighed as we make our decisions in the midst of this pandemic.
Churches cancelled services with the rationale being similar to a snow storm sweeping through the south. It was just too dangerous. But its past time that congregations start acting like the north and learn how to assemble in the snow.