There have been many tragedies, such as sickness, death, and downturns in the economy, due to the ongoing corona pandemic. Amid these many tragedies, there have also been many positive shifts that can make a permanent impact.
The present coronavirus pandemic will demonstrate how the Kingdom of God is different from the kingdom of darkness. It is also a huge opportunity for the church to function as the Salt and Light of the world. The reason is because the Kingdom of the heavens is governed by a different set of laws and principles than those under the rule of the prince of this world (see John 14:30, 1 John 5:19).
A Contemplative Rhyme During this Present Crisis
(This is a meditation based on Ephesians 1:3 during the current coronavirus outbreak)
Unto you O Lord I will lift up my soul a
lest the stress of the day takes a toll
and precludes me from being whole
In all my years I have never seen the kind of panic related to the potential spread of an illness. The kind of panic and fear I observe regularly on the faces of the public almost rivals what I observed when I was in Manhattan after the Twin Towers were toppled and the Pentagon attacked on September 11th 2001! As always, I try to ponder how the church should respond during these experiences.
The following are 10 things the church must do during this present global situation:
The fact that God is referred to as Father in the New Testament and that Adam was the first person He created, followed by his wife, Eve, shows that by divine intention -civilization was originally patriarchal in nature. Also, the fact that males generally have a larger body frame and are more task-oriented than women demonstrates that, originally, man’s primary role was to protect and provide for his family while the wife was called to help him walk this out as his help mate. Of course, this is not to say that a woman was not expected to take initiative and even take the lead at times in her family — since in Christ there is no barrier when it comes to functioning in the gifts of the spirit, ministry participation, and salvation (see Galatians 3:28).
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