Our definition and implementation of “social distancing” has eternal consequences.
There was a mother that found herself by the bedside of her young child in the hospital. It was evening and, even though it would be the first time the child would spend the night without her, she had to return home to take care of her other children. The nurse kindly joined with her as the mother reassured the child that she would be back first thing in the morning. The nurse shared that she would be right outside the room at the desk all night. After the nurse left, the mother kissed her child and said, “Don’t forget God is with you.” As she left the room, she turned out the light and gently closed the door. As she turned to walk away the child cried out. The mother and nurse immediately came back into the room and asked the child what was wrong and the child said: “I’m afraid. I need the face I can see and the hand I can touch.”
“As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:41-44) “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after Me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison and did not help You?’ ‘He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41-46)