Balancing Prudence & Confidence
This week’s eNewsletter feature was written by
Rev. Raymond Hylton, FPCE Senior Pastor,
and Jim Teague, FPCE Communications Coordinator.
In case you haven’t heard, the COVID-19 novel coronavirus has had a not immeasurable impact on global affairs, the world economy, and even life in Chicago. As of Wednesday afternoon, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been postponed until a future (as yet to be determined) date. That same day, the World Health Organization officially called the outbreak a pandemic, meaning it is having a worldwide reach as an infectious disease.
Over the past couple of weeks, the pastors and staff at FPCE have worked to find the balance between prudent care and the fearlessness of life in Christ.
A week ago, members of the staff here took part in various discussions about what the appropriate reaction to such a situation should be. There were a variety of opinions. Some suggested anything less than aggressive pre-planning was not only irresponsible but foolish. Others were inclined toward restraint, hoping time might give us a better perspective and that we would not fall into an alarmist, panic-driven process of decision making.