Now, more than ever, is a time for the body of Christ to unite. Though our physical bodies are currently limited in our daily interactions and in-person socializations, our spirits should be united as one..one body…the body of Christ.
Pandemic, quarantine, death tolls, public health models, social distancing…we’ve all seen and heard these words swirling around on every social media and public platform over the last few weeks. Words that months ago would scarcely cross our minds. Now, these words are real…they’re tangible…and we are living them.
Each of us has our own ideas and thoughts about the current events, and we each deal with them in our own way. We are a nation of diverse people from different backgrounds, experiences, and walks of life. We see things differently, express ourselves uniquely, and manifest emotions and actions from various components pertaining to our individualism. As distinct and disparate as we think we are…we are all really just the same. We are each made in the image and likeness of God. A single thread which knits our world and lives together.
We all have our own ways of dealing with things, especially during times of great conflict or difficulties. Over the last few days, I have watched in utter disbelief as people fought over a roll of toilet paper and scrambled to empty out their grocer’s shelves. I have heard raw cries of fear, witnessed citizens angered over the interruption of their daily lives, and some of the funniest memes I think I’ve ever seen, but there is one thing that has loomed in my mind above all others. I have watched Christians tearing other Christians down with harsh words, sharp judgement, and superfluous ridicule. Why? Because people have not responded to our current situation the way that they have, or the way that they think others should.
” I’m ashamed of some of you so-called Christians”, “You’re just giving in to fear”, “If you’re not in that pew on Sunday, you need to re-evaluate your faith”, “If you truly believed and had faith in God, you would know that you are protected and can’t get sick”, “The only people who get sick are those who have sin in their lives”, “You’re a liar if you say you trust in God and you’re not going to church this morning”, “What kind of an example are you setting for unbelievers by not going to church during this fear mongering false pandemic?” WOW…just WOW. Reading over these posts and comments, my heart just broke. What kind of an example are these statements setting for unbelievers AND believers alike? Comments such as these drive a wedge…a wedge of division. During this time of recommended separation to slow the spread of this virus, let us unite as “the church”! WE are the CHURCH! WE are HIS CHURCH!
It’s during times like this that we must ban together. There is such power in unity! We the church can unite in prayer and fasting regardless of whether we are sitting in a building together or not. We have taken the freedoms that we have been blessed with for granted for too long. We can worship our God freely, in spirit and in truth…in a house of worship, in our homes, our cars, or anywhere of our choosing! There are millions of people who do not share in that freedom today. We are a blessed people! Instead of asking ourselves why this is happening to us, let’s shift the focus to what can God teach us through this season.
Let’s use this season of separation as a time to slow down. Let’s get back to the basics of life and true family. Let’s devote more time to praying and to reading the Word. Let’s utilize and maximize our time to bring glory to God! During this season of chaos, may God speak peace unto the storm and remind us of His love and promises to us.
My fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s build and not tear down. Let’s encourage and not destroy. Let’s strive for a true meaningful RELATIONSHIP with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and stop focusing on the formalities and constraints of RELIGION. Strive to love like Jesus and apply His teaching to our everyday lives.
Your opinion may differ greatly from mine, and that’s okay. I still love you! God still loves you, and God still loves me. God knows each of our hearts. We all have different situations and circumstances in our lives that aren’t always evident to those around us. Let us not be so quick to pass judgement on others when we do not know their story.
Father God, I come to you right now and ask that you be with each and every one of us. Help our faith to be bigger than any fear that could present itself. Help us to lean on Your Word and to seek our wisdom and guidance from You. Help us to use good discernment and sound judgement when we are faced with decisions and may Your voice be louder than the chaos surrounding us. Father God, I pray for the safety of every individual and home and for you to pour out a healing and revival upon your people. I pray for all of our healthcare workers, government leaders, military and police officers who are placing themselves on the front lines of service so unselfishly. May we find our refuge and safety in You and You alone. Bless each home my Lord and calm the hearts and fears of your people.
While our circumstances aren’t ideal at the moment, we have so much to be thankful for. No matter what comes our way or what tomorrow may bring we know that we can be content in EVERY situation. Our hope is in you Lord!
“ I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” PHILIPPIANS 4:13