COVID-19 AND WHAT THE I THINK THE CHURCH MIGHT LEARN OR SHOULD LEARN…. AN ISOLATION PRIMER
During my days of Isolation I think about stuff. This is MY stuff.. write your own blog if you want to.
The Virus has lessons to teach the Christian Church.
The virus is INVISIBLE… No one can See the Virus (not with the naked eye) If you could see it there would be no need for Social Distancing .. People see symptoms. And so it is with the Power of God. You can’t see God.. but the evidence is there for those who see the power. John 13:35 New International Version (NIV) “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
It is INFECTIOUS… When you get it… The Virus can be spread by you to others. Sometimes it is just like that in the world of a Christian. Sometimes Christ is spread to those around you. Make sure that the Gospel is Good News.. 2 Timothy 2 Common English Bible, “So, my child, draw your strength from the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Take the things you heard me say in front of many other witnesses and pass them on to faithful people who are also capable of teaching others.”
It is INVASIVE… The Virus could get you… If you stand in it’s path. It is like playing Dodge Ball… I desperately want to avoid contact. So it is with Invasive Christians. I hate to stand in the path of Christians who think they KNOW what I need. Even though I am a believer, I find myself avoiding many of those who claim to call on His Name. Christ is NOT Invasive or Intrusive. Matthew 7:21-23 English Standard Version “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
It is INCONSISTENT.. The results appear to be anyway. If you get it, you might die, or you might not know you had it at all. If you get the virus it might consume you… or you might just keep doing life the way you always have. A life with Christ is often Inconsistent. Or there are differences in the same Body. There a many different iterations of Christians and how they live. Unlike the Scientist who can test for the virus… before, during, or after. The test for Christ in me is far less able to determine whether I have been saved and impossible for me do determine if someone else is, has, was experiencing a Relationship and Salvation. Philippians 2:12 New International Version “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,”
It is ETERNAL… As I understand it. here are NO cures for a virus.. There are only controls. A virus requires an Antibody. It needs a Vaccine. It needs to go dormant. I think it will reside in the host forever. And so it is when I found Christ… or he found me.. Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”. Matthew 28:20 ESV “Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”