As most of you know, we have all been facing the global Pandemic of the Covid-19 virus #CoronaVirus. Initially I had no intentions of blogging about it, figuring that there is enough news surrounding the panic and I didn’t want to be one more person adding fuel on an already blazing fire. But, if you read my latest post you know by now that I decided to change my mind
All across the world right now persons are facing panic, trauma and a lot of uncertainty because of the effects of Covid-19. Persons are afraid, many have lost loved ones, some may not even know if their loved ones are still alive in places like Italy, some persons are sick and many others are wondering if they will be next. And all of these emotions and feelings are completely understandable but so very heartbreaking.
In my own country we currently only have 3 cases so far but there is still so much panic and fear that I can’t begin to imagine what persons in China, Italy, America, the UK, etc. are going through. My heart goes out to all of the persons who have lost relatives during this unimaginable crisis.
The biggest question right now is “when will it end?” But for the church there is also the question of “how do we react?”
There is a current restriction in my country that prohibits the gathering of more than 25 persons in any space: that includes restaurants, banks, offices and churches. And lets just say that not everyone was pleased about this. Many believe that this is a strategy of the devil to get us to close down churches (because there is no real way to control the amount of people that show up for church), and others are simply peeved about the fact that work is still carrying on but church isn’t. And I get it, it’s cause for concern.
I believe that as christians we are to demonstarte wisdom in all things; this pandemic definitely being one of those things. And although the church buildings are closed, it is important for us all to remember that the building doesn’t make the church, the people do. In this technological age there are so many ways that people can gather without being physically close. Personally my church has been having services via Zoom which is proving to be quite enjoyable and even more intimate than the “pulpit and pew” set up.
Besides that, I also believe that we as christians should be examples. The major concerns of governments right now is to try and prevent the spreading of this virus. And sure we can argue that if someone is sick they can just stay home or we can stay clear of them, but with the uncertainty of the incubation period of this virus and the fact that one can be sick for an entire week and even more without showing any outward symptoms, its better to be safe than sorry.
So as christians I think our response/reaction to this world crisis and pandemic should be one of faith, wisdom, compassion, forward thinking, leadership and most importantly prayer.
The government of my country officially designated today a National day of Prayer and Fasting and persons and establishments all over the country are humbling themselves before God today to ask for Mercy and Strength during this trying time. My greatest hope is that during this crisis we will be drawn closer to Christ. That in this time of fear there will be no other choice but for our faith to increase. That in this time of not knowing what tomorrow holds we will learn to let God worry about tomorrow and focus on getting through today (Matt. 6:34).
Stay Positive Chroniclers. Love you all ❤❤❤!