Well, here we are on our second weird Sunday, still trying to make sense of this Coronavirus ordeal. I really dislike being absent from my church family and loved ones and I suppose many of you feel the same way. Nevertheless, I know that we will all return to our normal way of life before too long. Meanwhile, we haven’t completely struck out because we can still stay in touch by way of today’s many forms of communication. This is one of them.
As you are well aware, from the president on down, not only are gatherings of 10 people or more not allowed for the time being, even leaving our homes is not advised. Even so, I still get calls from our family members asking if we are going to have service. Maybe they’re doing some wishful thinking or else they may just be pulling my chain. Either way, I just love our people.
On that subject, maybe they have heard that some churches are having services as usual. Some Christians may say “Good for them. They are trusting God and not letting a little bug scare them.” Everything should be so simple. The truth is, this issue is not about fear or trusting God. Many simple minded preachers and Christians have died messing with snakes or poison simply because they misunderstood and misapplied Mark 16:18 and took it literally. There may be a very fine line between trusting God and tempting Him, and between courage and stupidity. Another thing: If we are going to win an unbelieving world for Christ, it won’t be by being rebellious or doing “our own thing.” More importantly, we have this mandate from God: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1) When we submit ourselves to all who are in authority, we are obeying and submitting to God first. When we do that, it will go well with us and that is exactly what we are doing.