Now that I have your attention let me make it clear, I do not have bodies buried in my basement. I have not started to run naked through crowded shopping malls. I am not responsible for the disappearance of family pets in any neighborhood I have lived in or for that matter any neighborhood that I have walked, driven or cycled through. I have not gone on any long winded, irrational, disjointed rambling rants although I do preach so someone might disagree with this one. That being said I am still very disturbed…
We are almost two years into COVID.
What impression of Christianity has become dominant? What impression should have become dominant? I really don’t care what you believe is the origin of the pandemic. I really don’t care if you have lost faith in the government because you believe it is a right or left wing plot to steal your rights. I really don’t care if you feel wearing a mask makes no difference. I really don’t care if you believe that the vaccine is a plot to microchip you. The problem is, those who do not follow Christ do care and do believe that Christians are more wrapped up in conspiracy theories, politics and highly questionable science than they are in Jesus.
Life only ends one way.
Whether the elected government was really the result of fraud or the pandemic a result of biochemical weapons, people still have only one true hope. Whether masks do nothing more than hide your need or lack of need for dental work or COVID is a plot to stop Christians from going to church, eternity still only has two options. Whether you have permanently lost some of your freedom because of temporary public health measures or there really is a behind the scenes black-ops group trying to destroy democracy, death will find you and everyone else.
Death and Taxes
As the old saying goes “it is impossible to be sure of anything but death and taxes.” This may not be the exact quote you have heard but the gist is always the same (can’t really give proper credit as no one seems to know who first said this). So let me get this straight, we are all going to die and we are all going to get taxed. Taxes come from fallen man’s attempt to oversee the affairs of this world and death comes from mankind becoming fallen after attempting to replace God as the overseer of the affairs of this world.
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:6 (NIV)
COVID has caused many who call themselves Christians to complain that their freedoms are being taken away by the institutions that replace God as overseer of our affairs and demand that they be reinstated. COVID has not seen a lot of those same people proclaim that sin has taken away our freedom and beg people to follow Christ so that their freedom will be reinstated.
I am disturbed.
No matter what your beliefs are about COVID, people are still dying without hope and because of COVID they are dying at a much increased rate. While a politicized church becomes fixated with mask mandates, vaccines and lockdowns the rest of the world is more concerned about death. While the church knows the only one they should be fixated on, the only one that has conquered death, the only one that can promise a tax free life (the Bible says nothing about taxes in Heaven) parts of it have been more worried about this life and their own comfort then the fireless comfort of eternal life in Heaven.
Dare I say it?
Put on your mask, get your vaccine and avoid dangerous settingsas you set out not to protect your political freedom but to represent true eternal freedom to those who right now live in fear of death. Not meeting in church is not Satan trying to destroy Christians but rather an opportunity for us to show that our love for God and for others leads us to obey those in leadership and forgo the things that make our faith comfortable (much like our brothers and sisters in China and other anti-Christian countries). The mark of the beast is not some supposed computer chip snuck into our bodies through a vaccine but an outward mark declaring inward commitment to someone other than the true God. Putting on a mask is not giving up your freedom but rather putting others at ease so that we can both share our faith and avoid giving COVID out along with the gospel message as a free gift.
If God is so weak that missing church destroys your faith… If Satan is so strong that he can outsmart God and steal you from Him by slipping a microchip in a vaccine… If your freedom is guarded by democracy not by the blood of Jesus Christ… You do not know the true God as much as you think you do!
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13 (NIV)