Evangelical Christians in Germany called on believers to avoid conspiracy theories about Covid-19 which start misinformation and distrust among people.
The German Evangelical Alliance, the Union of Free Evangelical Churches, the Pentecostal Union, and several other organizations issued a statement challenging Christians to be a beacon of hope and reconciliation instead of engaging in activism, reports Evangelical Focus.
The country faces anti-government rallies criticizing the health protocols imposed by the government to control the deadly virus. Organized groups claimed that the restrictions are unjustified, with some groups opposing vaccines and the use of face masks.
Christians need to be known for its serenity, depth, wisdom and their focus on Jesus Christ. —Joint statement from Evangelical Christians in Germany
“We clearly reject conspiracy theories and behaviors that lack solidarity. We especially challenge Christians to speak and act so that we bring reconciliation into our society. Christians need to be known for its serenity, depth, wisdom and their focus on Jesus Christ,” the joint statement said.
Germany and other European nations are facing a second wave of Covid-19. While Germany enjoys an “undisturbed practice of religion” stated in the constitution, some countries, such as the UK, have banned public worship services again. Despite the freedom to gather during the pandemic, the statement advised churches to continue its efforts in stopping the virus among their communities.
“This fundamental right is gaining importance in times of crisis. In times of great uncertainty and existential fears, people look for consolation and support, for example in church services,” the statement explains. “We want to deal with this basic right carefully, pay attention to the applicable regulations, and in no case contribute to an increased spread of corona through carelessness.”
The group encourages creativity in churches when reaching out to Christians and said spiritual life shouldn’t be neglected because of the pandemic. “We support creativity and the development of digital communication channels that enable virtual spiritual offerings, and encourage new forms of church life to be discovered.”
Covid-19 infected 770,000 people in Germany and nearly 12,500 died, according to Word & Way. The statement called on Christians to support those who are suffering from the disease and give comfort to families who lost a loved one because of Coronavirus.
“We want to use the time to show more mercy towards people who suffer economically, socially and psychologically because of this extreme situation. We call on Christians to enable these people to experience God’s love through practical help and concrete care,” the statement reads.