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The New Normal

by Gary Knuckles

 The national news is all abuzz with news of a vaccine that will help us avoid COVID-19. All kinds of predictions were made early in the pandemic about such a vaccine and it appears that we finally have something with promise. If the medical experts are correct, this vaccine will be available to millions within the next few weeks and most Americans will have access to it by mid-Spring. If the hype turns out to be true, we can reasonably say goodbye to what has been one of the most destructive forces we have ever seen!

Recently, a person told me they couldn’t wait for things to get back to normal. I replied that, without being pessimistic, I don’t think things will return to the “normal” that we used to know. Instead, I think it will be a “new normal” and it would be hard to predict what that will look like.

The “old normal” may have been comfortable, but it was not good. We let our guard down and took too much for granted. Whether or not we actually believed it, we felt invulnerable and “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (cf. Judges 21:25) We needed a wake up call and it came in a most destructive manner. It cost us billions of dollars and affected every aspect of life: jobs, relationships, mental/emotional distresses, education, sports, holiday celebrations, travel, attitudes, etc…you get the picture.

Most of all, it is going to affect our view of God. Religions are trying to figure out what to do next. Did people move away from God or closer to Him? With the advent of church technology, will people rely on the internet for the faith or will they practice a more personal and deep-felt faith? Since churches have had to reduce church gatherings and activities, will people be satisfied to be aloof from the church body or will they have a greater desire to be back in association with brothers and sisters in Christ? How meaningful is religion in life, now?

Religious polls are coming out with all kinds of predictions. We won’t know how it is going to “play out” until it actually “plays out.” That will be the new normal. Things are going to be different. How different depends on each of us.

There is one thing we can be sure of: God’s “normal” does not change. The pandemic may have changed a lot of things, but it didn’t change God nor His word. Let us remember that our duty is to God, not to the “new normal” of our world!


Gary Knuckles is Minister of the Briensburg Church of Christ and lives in Benton, Ky.

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