Watching everyone lose their minds over Covid has been more than perplexing and puzzling. It’s been revelatory! I am EXCITED about what God’s up to here.
Now, before anyone thinks I’m saying God did this, I’m not! But the Bible tells us He turns what Satan intends for evil to the good of those who love Him. For me, that is so, so true.
I am seeing (so surprising) that it is often those who never set foot in church who have the most light and the least fear of a flu bug.
I’m finding those who didn’t finish high school, and certainly never got a college degree, are the ones who see through the lies and laugh at the fear. I’m learning from those “least likely to succeed” types, how to succeed.
There is both logic and the ability to listen without pride, to what I have to say, from those among us who are humble. And it’s humbling. And freeing. To such as these I can talk about ideas.
So here’s an idea: What if everything we’re worried about and carrying on about in the world, is simply the inevitable consequence of a church that has dropped the ball.
What if the fear that was festering in the breasts of the world, exploded when the church showed that all its talk of faith was a farce, as doors closed without a whimper, citing misunderstood scriptures as justification.
Here’s the thing about all this “obedience to civil authority” stuff. If obedience to authority is making you comfy, question your motives. If it’s making you very, very uncomfortable, go with it. God’s ways are often a bit stretching.
Let me elaborate: When the likes of Paul and Peter admonished their wildfolk followers to behave and obey laws, they (Paul and Peter) were either on their way to, in, or just out of jail. For, you guessed it, misbehavior and disobeying “authority”. It went without saying, so they didn’t say it, that they weren’t talking about disobeying God in order to obey man.
This Covid thing is causing us to look to the real Author and Finisher of our Faith, and it’s obviously not someone who preaches, but does not practice, faith.
“You have to be ready to go to jail,” I said to my daughter about it. “I am, Mom,” she said. “I refuse to live in fear.”
No fear here. As for me and my house, we will obey the Lord. And to help us in that we’ll hang out with people of simple, unpolluted (by Bible college?) faith. Amen.
P.S. If our Founding Fathers had mindlessly obeyed man, had done the comfy thing, there would be no America. If Paul and Peter had obeyed man, there would be no New Testament, and no New Testament church. Wait? Is there a New Testament church? I’ve looked all over my town and the only one I can find speaks only Spanish.
Perhaps I should learn Spanish. Or just go to “church” with my daughter, which is on the streets, with the poor, tired, addicted. The humble.
Church. What is it? Who is it? Who’s the Boss of it, of me? One of the speakers at the Bible college my daughter attended was saying that American Christians need to be more like the Russians, where “they don’t have the problem we have here with submission to authority.”
We became a nation in part because God wanted to deliver people who were sick and tired of tyrannical authority and who came here for FREEDOM (such as my Russian friends), not yet another yoke of bondage.
There is one God, One Savior, one Final Authority. And it AINT a man in a suit in a pulpit with a degree giving him man’s stamp of approval. Will the real Christians please stand up?
Yes, I am asking myself if I qualify. Do I trust and obey? Him.
P.S. I was never afraid of the flu, but I was distressed by the frenzied and mindless mask and sanitizer worship, by the evidence of a society-wide lack of faith. I struggled with an uneasiness and uncertainly early on (when we still called it Corona Virus) and when I prayed about it I realized I had made a grave error. I had judged other Christians for their faithless reactions, for fear. Well, as you may or may not know, it’s not only what you fear that will come upon you (see Job), but it’s also what you judge. So, I repented and began to pray for the Church, and indeed the whole world, to be free from fear. Absolutely free from the awful torment of fear. Agree wtih me, please.
And another thing! The reason I am free from fear is because, day in and day out, I read the Word of God, which builds and builds and builds my faith. “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”