Faith in this Season of COVID
Our minister delivered a terrific, motivational sermon today on the opportunities that Christians especially have to demonstrate our confidence in Christ to the unsaved around us in this season of COVID. The main scripture was Luke 5 and he shared the following quotation to articulate one of his points…
Beloved, I say, let your fears go, lest they make you fainthearted. Stop inspiring fear in those around you and now take your stand in faith. God has been good and He will continue to manifest His goodness. Let us approach these days expecting to see the goodness of the Lord manifest. Let us be strong and of good courage, for the Lord will fight for us if we stand in faith. Francis Frangipane
I believe it says what I’ve been trying to articulate for several months to some of my family and others in our circle of friends who remain isolated from any social interaction out of fear although they are otherwise healthy and profess faith in Christ.
Note that neither my pastor nor I am suggesting that Christians should ignore reasonable measures (masks, hand sanitizer, social distance in public) nor be insensitive to those with compromised respiratory or immune systems.
I think about how the first century Christians must have felt – under the constant peril of being “found out”, put in prison, tortured, killed, families killed. I wonder how fear must have been a constant bedfellow to many. Yet those were the circumstances under which the church turned the work upside down. Would the church survive such today? It has been suggested, and I tend to agree, that the pains of persecution are the pangs of growth. One needs the other. The church in America does has not suffered under such in a long time, and has not grown much either. Is this the opportunity laid in our hands? Or are we whining and moaning over nothing?