For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
If we are fearful over something that kills 0.03% of people then I tremble at the thought of what will happen when the National Sunday Law comes. I don’t think that we as a Church will all of a sudden gain any new resolve or muscles or confidence when the threat becomes 10% or 20%.
But let’s not focus on the data and what the health people are saying.
Church folk were doing little before the pandemic, and now do I think we’ll do more after it? I pray so, but I fear it will be directed towards areas that won’t make the Church grow but stagnant in it’s complacency and misdirected along with the rest of society.
If my actions condemn others, it’s not me that is doing the condemning, it’s their own Spirit. I’ve never condemned anyone, they have to be convinced in their own mind.
But His forgiveness is like sweet, sweet honey on my lips, it causes me to go out there and let others to know about the Gospel in a real and powerful way.
The risk is nonzero for me and is probably higher than most people. But I trust God.
If people feel alienated; they are more than free to join or support me in this fight.
When the Church meets I hope we look at our response to the Coronavirus as a testing time for the time of Jacob’s Trouble. For when the night comes, no man can work. We should exercise that muscle now to stand up for what we believe in, for when the real hard times come, we might not be able to get the courage. And courage is one of those values that Christians should be known for.
Feelings matter, and the feelings should cause people to do some introspection as to why they feel that way.
I would love it if the Church could encourage people to join. To allow people to say “I can’t do what Spencer is doing, but let me support him in his efforts to reach souls for the Kingdom”
Feelings matter and should be used to motivate people for right actions.
Most people in the Church are not blind, but want to believe a narrative that conforms to their presuppositions.
This means that many are OK with giving up their Constitutional Religious Freedom in the Name of Peace and Safety. I’ve talked about this before.
So let’s use people’s feelings of fear and provide guidance on how to redirect it for spreading the Gospel, not to condemn those who do. Maybe there needs to be some barriers, maybe the line between truth and error will become more and more clear as Jesus approaches.
A Fearful World DEMANDS a Fearless Church.
Now more than ever before.