COVID Policy Update (7/23/21)

Just in case you didn’t see the email regarding the COVID Policy Update that Pastor Randy sent out on July 23rd, we are including it below for your convenience.

 

Good Morning Bridge Family,

As many of you have probably heard last week, the LA County Health Dept. reinstated their mask mandate. There is a new strain of the Covid virus called the Delta variant, that is much more infectious and new cases have quadrupled in the last 2 weeks. The county feels that this is their best defense against the virus for the moment. This means that they are asking everyone age 3 and up, regardless of their vaccine status, to wear a mask while indoors. We know that for most of you, this is very discouraging news to hear. The elders are also very frustrated in this turn of events and have put together this update to our on campus policy.

This week, after many hours of discussion, we believe that though inconvenient, this reinstitution of the mask mandate is not requiring us to sin by following in submission. As the Apostle Paul reminds us, it is our duty and obligation to submit ourselves to our governing authorities. The Apostle Peter likewise says, “For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” Brothers and sisters, that righteousness should be our greatest concern in this matter.

So this is what we ask. In any situation where you are indoors on our campus, and you do not meet the requirements for the county’s exemptions, please wear a mask. Consider this in the same way you would wear a mask at your doctor’s office or the grocery store. Joyfully submit to this trial as James reminds us to, desiring to please Christ in everything you do, while joining us in prayer that the infections would decrease and the mask mandate would be lifted quickly.

That being said, we are aware that some in our congregation feel with an overwhelmingly heavy conscience, that it would actually be sinful to wear their masks. We do not ask anyone to violate their own conscience. If you are certain that this is not simply a matter of inconvenience or irritation, we will not judge you if you choose not to comply. In addition, it is our understanding that the County Health Dept has decided not to enforce this policy, so neither will we. If we see someone without a mask on, we will not address it.

Please do not misunderstand the plain words that we use to speak with you this morning to mean that we believe submitting to our local government is an easy thing to do. All of the elders have also grown weary of the masks. We have all individually wrestled with our own attitudes in what submission should look like in our hearts. So let us join together in the unity that Christ desires, let us obey who Christ desires, and let us do so with a supernatural joy that only He can provide.

If you have any questions or concerns about this please feel free to talk to any of our Elders.

On behalf of the Elders,

Pastor Randy

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