It is going to be an odd Easter; Charles City pastor talks hope, fear, God, and COVID-19

This week is capped by Easter – one of the two major religious holidays of the year. And really, nobody is talking about it. Except of course for Charles City’s E-Free Church Pastor Mike Downey. He thinks this week and holiday is primed to bring people hope.


One thing is certain: nobody will be allowed inside a church this Sunday for Easter. Downey thinks people will lose a lot by being forced to listen to the services online.


During mass panic events like 9-11, people flocked back to churches in the thousands. Downey believes that type of religious resurgence for the virus is inevitable. 


But the fear will pass. To Downey, a real belief in God is the only real way religion will stick in someone’s life.


The coronavirus is also continuing to hit closer and closer to home – Downey’s daughter, former Comet Victoria Downey who currently resides in Minnesota, was one of the first confirmed cases of the virus in that state.


Carter Melrose

Carter bullied his way onto the KCHA radio waves after spending 4 years at the University of Iowa as a studying journalist. He writes news, short stories, features, but more than anything, he has a proclivity to wax philosophically.
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