Swine flu changes church fashion

facemaskPlease note: This post is just for fun.

It seems like more and more people are being stricken with swine flu everyday. As this pandemic sweeps across the world I can’t help but wonder, what impact will this have on church the way most of us know it?

Think about how close we get to each other at church. With all of the crying, hugging and “laying on of hands”, only God knows what we pass on to each other on a weekly basis.

From what I’ve read, swine flu is different from many other diseases because there is currently not a vaccine. People are dying and my prayers go out to all of the families that have lost loved ones as a result of this disease.

What will happen over the next couple of weeks as we go to church? Will face masks be the new church fashion accessory? I guess anything is possible.

I can just see it now. Your pastor is just finishing up his/her sermon. He/she holds an altar call and people start coming to the front of the church. Right before the pastor starts anointing and praying for people he/she is handed a face mask by one of their adjutants. They may even through on a pair of rubber gloves.

It probably won’t stop with the pastor. You can probably expect to see altar workers, ushers and Sunday school teachers all sporting face masks. Benny Hinn does a lot of “laying on of the hands”. I know he’ll be wearing a face mask the next time he preaches.

Most face masks are white or maybe even green. You know that is too basic for many church goers. If face masks start showing up in the church, I expect to see a wide variety of styles. Multiple colors will be a given. In addition, I’m anticipating some ladies sporting face masks bedazzled with multicolored rhinestones. Somebody’s choir director somewhere will proudly wear their Burberry face mask. At the more contemporary churches, I am confident someone will be wearing a WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) face mask.

It will be interesting to see how long it takes before a face mask will be a necessary accessory. I pray we never get to that point. Can you think of any other face mask styles we might end up seeing in church?

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  • george

    In Texas, the Kerrville District of the United Methodist Church has posted on its website (http://home.ktc.com/kdumc/DisasterPlan/flunew.htm) guidance for churches, pastors, and members preparing for or going through the swine flu pandemic. You are invited to visit and your comments and suggestions would be welcomed.

  • Karla

    I just read a great article in Gospel Today magazine on Swine Flu, I am copying it and giving it out at my church. Written by Sharon Allison-Ottey, MD (www.drsharononline.com)— cleared up a lot for me

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