On August 19, 2021, Archbishop Kerr-Wilson distributed a letter outlining the situation and recommendations from the COVID task force. The full letter can be viewed on the Diocesan website here, or by opening the attached file below.
I have often been asked about why Christians would be fearful in the face of the COVID pandemic; after all, do we not live by faith in the saving love of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit? And the answer is, of course, yes – we do. However, our issue is not one of fear. Living by faith in our Lord and Saviour does not equate to assuming that we can do whatever we like, or whatever takes our fancy, and God is obligated to protect us from the consequences of our actions. Most often God permits us to live the consequences of our foolishness. We don’t walk off cliffs and expect that God will allow us to walk on air – either on a whim or to demonstrate our faith ... Faith is not license to do as we please, it is trust in God’s ultimate goodness and love by which God gives us, not what we think we want, but what we need.
The first commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind and all your strength” and the second is “to love your neighbor as yourself.” Neither of those points us towards having things the way we want them, or getting the things that we want. As Christians we take the precautions that are set before us seriously because they demonstrate our love for our neighbor.