I have been remiss in keeping up this blog, and I apologize. Somehow between discouragement, and life getting away from me, I haven’t taken the time to write.
I somehow feel that I need to write this. After watching and observing various responses to COVID19 (mostly off of Facebook, because I haven’t been on Facebook much in the past several months), I have been disappointed in the responses that I have seen from people who profess Jesus as Lord.
I’m not going to say what my feelings on COVID19 are, because that isn’t the point of this post. I believe that as Christians, we need to treat everyone with kindness and love. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean that we condone sin. I make that point, only because there has been, what I view as sinful responses on both sides, filled with bitterness at either the situation, or the response of one person’s views over another person’s.
We see in 1 Corinthians 13: “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
I believe that we are all able to have our own opinion, including about the COVID19 virus. I also believe that we can have that opinion, and still remain kind and civil towards each other. When I see fellow believers arguing, and angry, and calling each other names because they disagree, it breaks my heart. When I see Churches angry, and opposing government regulations, because they “infringe on MY right to worship”, that also breaks my heart. First of all, we as Christians, actually, don’t have any rights. We left those (or we should have) at the cross, when we gave our hearts to Jesus. If the government gives direction that directly opposes God’s word to us, then yes, I believe we need to disobey them, and obey a higher authority, but the Bible is pretty clear about obeying our government.
In Romans 13 we see this: “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. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.”
So, whether you think everyone should be wearing a mask, or whether you think masks are of no value, or you think the COVID19 virus is a hoax or not, express your opinions in love and kindness, without name calling or belittling each other.
Be blessed. Love as always,
Quintin and Beth