Crises like the COVID-19 gives us all the opportunity to demonstrate to our fellow man the humanity within us.
This is certainly not a time for taking, it is a time for giving, it is in all of us to look deep within ourselves and find the spirit of God in us, not just to find him within us but to act upon his quiet voice. Some refer to it as conscience, me, I call it the voice of the holy spirit.
It does not matter if you are theist, agnostic or even an atheist, there is a certain joy that comes from giving.
Whether we give tangible things at this time, or we give of our time it is crucially important that we look out for each other in whatever we do..
It is understandable that you may say, “but how can I do what you are asking when the authorities are saying we should all engage in social distancing”?
Scripture commands in Roman 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
There is no mutual exclusivity between obeying the commands of earthly authorities and doing what Yeshua commandeth, both are doable at the same time.
Civil authorities say stay at home as best as you can, but people are allowed to go to the supermarket, to the pharmacy, to get gas for their cars, to pick up food from restaurants and so on.
We can take the time to drop off some food for an elderly person in need of food. We can find out if an elderly widower or widow is able to get their medication?
We can ask if they have food, or if they have an errand they would like us to run for them.
Of equal importance, we may give them a few dollars, just a few extra dollars to people who are on fixed incomes are extremely important to them.
Matthew 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
James 2:14 – 18 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have worked.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
Proverbs 28:27 Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
1 John 3: 17 – 18 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Let us remember at this time that the church is not in any building, it is in our hearts.
In times of crisis, the interest of God’s work is not served by dressing up and going to worship in a building, it is demonstrating to the unsaved what God is all about.
He is calm in a time of uncertainty, a refuge in a time of turmoil, a port in a storm.
People see the work of God in what we do not in what we say.
As brothers and sisters, cousins aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers, friends and neighbors we have a duty to look out for each other. To look after each other.
As Christians, we have a higher calling, a greater duty, not just to preach how much we care, not just to preach how much God cares, but to let our light shine so that the unsaved may see how much we care, just how much God cares, through our actions.
They must see God in us in times of turmoil, but they can also see the fraud in us.
The forces of darkness are busy at work, telling you that you should look at what the churches are doing.
They are telling you that the church is silent in this your hour of need. They are telling you that the church was always a fraud. That all they care about is taking money from you.
They are telling you that this is a seminal moment for you to walk away from the concept of God forever.
That is what the enemy wants you to believe, it is what the enemy wants you to do.
Sadly, some of us within the body of Christ is doing exactly what they are accusing us of doing.
Matthew 5: 14 – 16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Someone joked that the greatest problem for Christianity is Christians. If we think about it a little bit, it does make sense.
Us Christians are judgemental, greedy, rapacious, self ‑righteous, preachy, holier-than-though, and we do everything we shouldn’t do.
We do everything except the things Yeshua says we should do, visit the sick, look after the widow, visit the incarcerated, look out for the poor.
This too shall pass.