It would seem that strict lockdown – I read that Ireland is in ”round 2” – demonstrates the fear some Christians are displaying that the somewhat tenuous grasp the Christian religion has, on much of Western society in particular, is further diminshed by the restrictions placed on Church worship.
My mother attends choir practice – with only six other members – all of whom are bound to ”keep their distance”. Based on conversations with her this is a lot more about getting out of the house and meeting with others rather than any dire need to maintain relations with Yahweh/Jesus, and I suspect this may well be the case with most/many people.
The Church is an institution. Without it’s members it is nothing but a lot of empty buildings , many of which are beautiful examples of architecture, but of little value otherwise. If this pandemic has shown one thing regarding church and worship, it isn’t really as important as all the vicars, priests and ministers would like us to believe. Furthermore, if this pandemic continues for any length of time into the forseeable future the culture of ”Going to Church” while not likely to fall away entirely will probably be greatly dimished when we return to ”normality”.
Rekindling this cultural tradition among young people especially is going to be a challenge I suspect many Christian authorities will find insurmountable and as much as I loathe religion I wish the reason for Christianity’s demise was not speeded up because of a rampant virus.
Stay Safe. And may your gods go with you .