Do you remember the name Steve Camp? Back in the day, he was a popular Christian music artist. Here is the most popular video of younger Steve Camp on YouTube:
Now, Steve Camp is a pastor in Florida. And evidently, he decided to have Easter service at his church with congregants present, and on Zoom as evidenced by the following tweet:
It’s interesting that Steve says “the Lord protected.” It’s a little early to celebrate that — has Steve not paid attention to the news to know there is a lengthy incubation period for Clovid-19? There is no way for Pastor Camp to know whether he or his congregants were protected from the virus after meeting together at church on Easter Sunday.
Yes, pastors are to preach the Word, but part of being a good shepherd is protecting and defending the flock. How is this behavior pastoral? It’s not. It’s foolish. His congregants who watched on Zoom got the same preaching of the Word by social distancing. They will be fine, they were smart. But the people who went to the church may or may not have been infected with the virus. Why was this necessary? Oh yea, it wasn’t.
Here was my Twitter response:
Margaret nailed it in this tweet:
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Thirty years ago I loved this guy and his music. what the heck is wrong with him. He’s lost his marbles and the good brains God gave him.
If he lived in Canada, he’d be fined. ($1000)
There have been MULTIPLE cases of super spreaders at churches (or choirs). In light of that, this kind of thing is terribly irresponsible.
This guy sucks and if he broke the law I hope he is prosecuted.
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Sheer arrogance and egotism. He just really don’t care if he’s exposed his followers to #COVID19 and they die. Maybe that’s because he knows he’ll blame them for their “lack of faith” or “hidden sin.” It’s all a form of the prosperity gospel.
Throwing the dice with people’s lives.
Camp’s strutting on social media nauseates me as well. And I agree with Julie Anne that it’s premature for him to brag that all his members are OK.
At the same time, I understand why believers would want to come together, especially on Easter. The local church here held their Easter Sunday service, but there have been major changes since last month. Everyone wears masks (the church provided disposable ones), the pastor hasn’t been shaking hands with congregants, and no home-cooked lunch has been provided for a while. The Easter potluck was cancelled altogether.
I joined the service in person, for a number of reasons. After losing Mom last year, I really wanted everyone’s company for a while this day, as well as the comfort of the graveside service after the main Easter worship. Also, despite how bad things are around the world, and in various parts of Japan, the rise of confirmed cases here in Niigata Prefecture has been gradual, and remains relatively low. (45 cases as of today.)
If we’d had the spike in infections that Tokyo and other large cities have seen, or if the authorities had issued a state of emergency here, I would have stayed home. As it is, Good Friday and Easter might be my last time to worship in person for a while. It’s impossible to know when matters in my area will deteriorate.
Hello All! I live in Michigan where the governor has been more stringent about lock down requirements and “sheltering in place” than most other governors. Quite honestly, I am very concerned about over-reaction and the long term consequences of what some of our political leaders are doing now. However, church leaders must be careful to protect our people as well as our testimony (“image”) to the world. In my judgment, a safe way to come together in the short term is what a local church in Mississippi did. Folks came to the church parking lot, stayed in their cars, and listened to the sermon together, If you followed the story, you’re aware that there was a reaction by law enforcement. Actually, I think it would be good if our political leaders encouraged believers to assemble and pray in this safe way for the short term. All the best to you. Doo Wop Coke Fan.
My state has been hit pretty hard by the virus. The people who aren’t taking it seriously, who still think it’s probably ok to get together with a few modifications, sound like we did back in early February; hopeful and wondering if everyone was taking it too seriously. It wasn’t until late March that the results of that started becoming evident. Be careful, people. What are a few weeks of being alone compared to your life and your lifetime?
This is really sad https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/four-family-members-of-virginia-bishop-gerald-o-glenn-who-died-of-coronavirus-have-tested-positive/ar-BB12J93N
@DooWopCokeFan (man, what a handle):
And has suffered for it, in the form of mobs of armed protestors on the capitol steps with “Don’t Tread On Me” Gadsen Flags, retweeting “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” and “Second Amendment Solutions” from their guru.