Who would have thought that a day would come and people would not worship in church on Sundays? Not because the buildings are demolished but because there’s coronavirus in town and one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the virus would be by limiting human gatherings and social interactions. The fact remains that the church is not just a religious or spiritual congregation but also a social confab hence the need to stop meeting in religious venues.
For the first time, one is forced to consider the social and therapeutic significance of corporate worship and how this regular socializing impact psychological and emotional functioning.
Now, people go to church for various reasons. To listen to sermons, music, sing, dance and so on. A critical look at church informs that all the activities put together have a genuine effect on mental wellbeing. First, a church is a social gathering and as social beings wherever two or three people are gathered – in normal circumstances – they love to laugh, love, share, converse and display as many positive experiences as possible. This show of affinity and warmth has a good omen on mental wellness.
Second, the words of encouragement that often come through the sermons help many people to lighten the anxieties of everyday life.
Other benefit of church is that many positive behaviors are encouraged. Traits such as altruism, love, respect, uprightness, orderliness, honesty and many more. These behaviors help to regulate human intercommunication within normal and acceptable realms.
The counseling received by people seeking spiritual help also provides relief from many stressors such as domestic disputes, job problems, spiritual persecutions, finance difficulties, marital problems, and various illnesses.
Clearly, devotion to church can help beat maladaptive behaviors or outcomes such as anxiety, hopelessness, depression, addiction, impulsivity, extreme fear and panic, and so on.
Church also provides a ready pool of people who can provide support and succor in times of difficult or unexpected arduous life events such as severe sickness, pandemic, violence, theft, accident etc.
Sometimes, the threat of punishment for wrongdoers can help some individuals avoid some self-destructive behaviors altogether. For instance, a young man can ditch the use of cannabis because of the threat of hell as preached by the pastor. These and many other benefits make the church and other religious gatherings therapeutic.
Do you go to church? Can you mention other benefits you have taken from your attendance and those you miss as a result of the restriction on religious gatherings due to COVID-19? Please feel free to share in the comment section.
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