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The holiday that is Easter was celebrated for many years silently. Before there were barbecues and family gatherings there were dark caves and huddled refugees. Today many of us are spoiled by the freedom of religion we experience and we are suddenly horrified that we have found ourselves displaced by what some consider to be "Big Brother".
Let me be clear - this is not a time for political differences. This is not a time for us to air our grievances or to be divided by silly notions of denominations or the like. We are the church - not the building - not the act of meeting together - us.
The problem comes when we misunderstand the concept of meeting together. Or maybe not a misunderstanding but rather a differing view of what it means to meet together. You see, if we were to ask someone in their 20's what community is they would have a very different view than if you were to ask someone in their 50's. I have a suspicion that neither of them would be wrong.
That 20 year old will probably tell you that meeting together is simply being with a group of people. A 50 year old will probably tell you it's a physical gathering. In today's world there isn't such a thing - right? But guess what, technology exists that can help you get together. It won't be physically but you can see friends and family and still social distance.