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.

    well, I am saying to ignore the masks! The chance of death is .03% give or take ,001 or .005. Math does not lie! No, liberal government leaders lie.

    The Needs of our community are being ignored as mental health, financial budgets and people’s ability to live, go to school is being messed with. Our ability to serve the community is limited by the government “emergency” which I suspect does not exist. Something nefarious is at work and we need to be more clever than putting our faith in a community health message instead of our benefit to “gather together as a body.” Repeating a health message does not make it true. Numerous people around me have tested positive and had zero symptoms, including my wife and baby!! A spirit is moving and He is not it.

    on September 7, 2020.

    C, Joseph… I agree that the “crisis” is overblown, the flames obviously fanned by strong and disingenuous political winds.  I believe that for the great majority of the U.S. population the “cure” has been much worse than the disease.  The present unemployment, destruction of many small businesses which were the owner’s life’s work (while the bureaucrats at the top who are dictating “policy” are untouched), and addition of trillions in otherwise unnecessary emergency aid to the national debt to the account of future generations of Americans is worrisome.

    Even so, it would be unChristian for the strong  not to take reasonable measures to protect the weak  (even if the true threat is greatly exaggerated by statistics in which deaths from comorbidities are incentivized -13K – to be counted as from COVID. )  My 88 y/o mother is one of the weak.

    But the point of my post is that Christians should not be cowering  in fear when we profess to believe in the God of the Bible who is omnipotent, omniscient, all-loving and who has secured our eternity with Him.  

    on September 7, 2020.
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      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?

      Blanket on a secluded beach! Answered on September 7, 2020.
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        Nice quote and message, thanks for sharing!

        Under the stars Answered on September 6, 2020.
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          Thank you for sharing that. Its a good message for us all to remember!

          Under the stars Answered on September 7, 2020.
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            I agree this is a nice quote, an encouraging word needed in these troubling times. I would like to have heard the entire message.

            California King Answered on September 7, 2020.
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