As I observe dozens of Christians pondering what to do this weekend, I cant help but ask:
What would Jesus do?
My guess is that Jesus would be out picking grain and delivering it to the needy just like David took temple bread to feed the hungry. Both knew that life mattered more than tradition.
The Sabbath, as Im still learning, is not about law but healing. In contradiction to natural inclinations, the Sabbath is a divine gift, not a human liability. In that spirit, both Jesus and David broke the norm” for the greater good i.e., countering customs in preference for human well-being.
What does that mean for us today? Of course, it can be difficult to apply bread metaphors to our modern context. At a bare minimum, though, Jesus teaches us to think creatively even risking personal religious “status” to help those in need.
In no way did David or Jesus diminish the unique and necessary community that we experience in church, school, family, and work. In usual circumstances, far too many people miss out on community, and my heart especially goes out to those who dont have a church community during a crisis like this.
At the same time, to my fellow Christians, this isnt a time to judge individual faith commitments, to mock peoples worries, or to critique other churches, but to foster life and restoration. After all, thats what Jesus would do.
Also, if youre over 60 or have young children, we understand if you wont attend church. Dont worry about being judged. We know this is a frightening time, and if you need any supplies, let us know. Well do our best to help.
Mark 2:23-28 (NLT)
One Sabbath day, as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples began breaking off heads of grain to eat. But the Pharisees said to Jesus, Look, why are they breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?
Jesus said to them, Havent you ever read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God (during the days when Abiathar was high priest) and broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. He also gave some to his companions.
Then Jesus said to them, The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!