Evangelical doctors and dentists say those who hold large gatherings are selfish

Christian doctors and dentists are saying that Christians who continue to hold large gatherings “appear to care only about our individual freedoms and don’t care that we may be contributing to others getting illness because of our selfishness.”

Here is Sarah McCammon at National Public Radio:

As coronavirus cases spike, a national group that represents thousands of evangelical Christian doctors and other healthcare providers is asking churches to stop holding services in person.

In a statement provided to NPR, titled, “A Plea to Our Churches,” leaders of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations say that Christians who persist in holding large gatherings at this time could “appear to care only about our individual freedoms and don’t care that we may be contributing to others getting this illness because of our selfishness.”

Churches in several states have violated local rules or filed lawsuits claiming that coronavirus restrictions that limit in-person gatherings violate their religious rights.

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations statement asks congregations to consider meeting online until the current surge is over. The organization had previously urged churches to obey authorities who’ve implemented coronavirus restrictions.

The statement, prepared for release on behalf of the group’s 20,000 members nationwide, also says that the group is “saddened to learn not only that many churches have ignored our guidelines but that congregants have become infected with SARS-CoV-2 as a result of those decisions.”

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