The coronavirus has left churches in search of a solution for its membership. I think it calls for a little creative Christianity. I miss a lot of life’s joys and I’m getting burned out of some of television’s advertisements and promotions. One of my sons asked why we don’t have church in the parking lot while sitting in our cars? It sounded like a great idea and should be experimented with. By now we have all tried Zoom with varied amounts of success so why not. We miss the fellowship with our sisters and brothers, and this could solve that to a degree.
Another alternative would be to put a screen in the church parking lot and do like the old-style drive in theaters. Take up the offering as we drive our cars out of the parking lot. If you go over to the Rose Bowl, you will discover that they have started a movie theater on their parking lot, and it seems to be working just fine.
Historically you will discover that church services have been held in a number of ways. There’s no need to shake the preacher’s hand every week as you leave service. These alternatives all provide an opportunity to see not only your friends but provide an opportunity to speak to the pastor and gain some of his / her counsel.
We do curbside dining, curbside shopping why not curbside prayer and curbside ministry and praise as well as curbside offerings to keep the ministry financially supported. In the bible the story of Jesus feeding thousands five fish and two loaves of bread was all done on the outside of the temple, they set the pattern for outside communion and service. Jesus was born in a manger on the outside there being no room in the inn. The birth was followed by the Kings praising him on their Camels, surely our Chevrolets and Cadillacs are good substitutes without prescribing what type of transportation is required.
The only problem I see is that it may be a little difficult to raise your finger and slip out early you may be required to do the complete service, pray pay and obey. It’s summer and as I recall as a youngster, we had tent services and revivals each summer with outside service to draw others to the services. These services are a left over from slavery days where Blacks had little choice but to hold services outside now, we can back our cars up to the pastor’s platform and hear the word. I got a few opinions about car services, all positive, see you in church!