LIFE IS RISKY.
Going to church is also risky. Corona craziness is everywhere.
Foolishness reigns in this Corona crazy age.
Corona craziness has invaded the church. The Corona-crisis is the first social disorder that walked through the church doors.
COVID-19 walked right through the church doors.
In years past, we ran to the church and left our struggles at the door. The church was the one place we could pull away from personal crisis leave the world behind. The Corona crisis is different. The Pandemic attends church with us.
We stand in lines at church to sanitize our hands, we practice social distancing, and some are wearing masks at church. Many are not attending church in this season. There are afraid and choose not to take the risk. We can choose to run from risk or run toward it.
Many believers are not confident about attending church.
Most regular attenders say they are either “very” (34%) or “somewhat” (29%) confident they could safely attend religious services in person right now, without spreading or catching the coronavirus. About one-third are “not too” (19%) or “not at all” (16%) confident they could safely attend in-person services.
Opinions are all over the map.
There are zealots on both sides of the issue. I have learned not to follow the crazies. COVID-19 has brought the crazy ones out of the closet.
- Mask or no masks?
- Sanitize or not?
- Data or no data?
- Dr. Fauci or President Trump?
- Open schools or don’t open schools?
- Sports or no sports?
Riots are OK without masks. How about the church?
Everyone has an opinion. Make sure your opinion has substance and is substantiated with the truth.
If schools are closed, the kids suffer.
If churches are closed, the members suffer.
If we don’t wash our hands, everyone suffers.
It’s risky not to wear a mask.
It’s risky not to sanitize or wash your hands.
It’s risky to open schools and risky not to.
Who’s right? Not sure.
But we do have a choice.
The highest risk is the lack of confirmed information.
Many are listening to one stream of news.
The conservative side goes liberal on lies to falsely inform their audience.
The liberal side conservatively withholds accurate news. The media is spinning lies and withholding the truth.
This is why we must find the truth in every story.
Christian, get informed. Don’t believe all you hear.
It is also risky to believe conspiracies — more foolish to spread them.
Unless you believe President Trump, Republicans and Democrats in Congress, the media, and the scientific community are all in league together (a real leap of faith), you are just embarrassing yourself when you spread Coronavirus conspiracies. These vast conspiracies would mean that President Trump knew this was a bioweapon, is part of the plan to end religious liberty, plans to use a potential vaccine as some mark of the beast, and somehow 5G is part of it all. (Yes, that’s all out there, one web search away — and in far too many Christian social media feeds.)
Christians are to walk in wisdom. How much wisdom have you garnered from others lately? Not much.
I have witnessed tons of criticism, lack of wisdom, and rebellion. I have heard hundreds of lies and conspiracies.
Rebellion is risky.
Another risk for Christians is rebellion to authority. Rebellion to your good government officials and your church leaders. The rebellion is rampant.
Pastors have died because they were uninformed and ignorant. Don’t be a rebel. Wearing a mask is not about you.
Amid this cultural conflict, Christians should adopt Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) as a guiding principle. Here’s how I understand this command to relate to the Pandemic. I always wear a mask whenever I am around non-family members. The science that says masks protect others and me, and I want to do nothing to harm my neighbor. If there is even a chance that not wearing a mask could infect others, I choose not to take that chance. And I choose not to give offense to my neighbor (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:32) who believes that my mask-wearing protects them.
Protecting yourself and others is not risky. It’s smart.
Everyone who caught the virus wishes they would have taken the virus seriously.
My goal is not to persuade you, but to inform you.
- Find more than one source of news
- Validate your opinion with good news sources
- Take God’s side on issues
- Don’t be a conspiracy spreader
- Avoid a rebellious attitude (it’s not about you)
- Think about others
As believers, we need wisdom like never before. The political and cultural environment is toxic. Human wisdom is limited. God’s wisdom is unlimited.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (I Corinthians 1:25, NKJV)
Allow me to say it like this: God’s ignorance is higher than all human wisdom.
The Bible calls wisdom “the principle thing.”
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. ( Proverbs 4:7, NKJV)
Christian, we have a noble life to live. We have meaning, purpose, and destiny.
The Christian life is ecstatically exciting.
Loving others and reaching others is our ultimate high.
Christians are to live this way:
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (I Peter 2:12, NKJV)
The way we live and the decisions we make — matter.
Greater yet, the words you speak carry weight. Our Instagram and Twitter reveal our opinion, ignorance, or lack of knowledge.
I am not suggesting that we become a doormat. I am not saying we should never disagree.
I am saying if we disagree, that we do it with grace and wisdom.
Walk-in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (Colossians 4:5–6, NKJV)
Looking for a pearl of wisdom in this season?— there it is.
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