The Coronavirus has tested the mettle of Americans and others around the world. Social distancing, masks, illnesses, death, economic struggles, and other obstacles. We’ve seen the best in people to the worst in people.
Make no mistake about it, houses of worship have been hit too.
Church leaders and parishioners have been affected, infected, and some have gone on to be with the Lord.
Paul said “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.“
Matthew 24:7 is clear. For the Prophet told us that this would come.
There were three things that the Lord said would come.
Earthquakes in various places. Famines, Pestilences (Plagues).
And true to His Word, these predictions came to pass as indications that theses are .”..the beginning of sorrows” like a woman in labor.
Now, slowly, the states are opening up the nation. Governors and mayors have seen what would happen if there isn’t a return to economic health. The pestilence forced them to close businesses. Underneath all of this, houses of worship were adversely affected.
There’s a greater price to pay when we deliberately forget the Lord even when this nation opens up.
But first, many have been saying that this is the great tribulation period. Then they said that the Lord’s return is imminent. Then others have said that there is no “rapture.” That’s the extreme side of this.
The other extreme is government overreach.
Closing and prohibiting houses of worship for gathering to worship in violation of the 1A. Arresting pastors for violating national emergency directives. Fining parishioners for over crowding or even showing up for worship service.
But it’s ok to go to Walmart, Home Depot. Beaches. And other places. But to worship? You’re prohibited.
This what we’ve experienced.
All across America, Americans are protesting government overreach. Americans elect people to serve the people, not the other way around. Politicians have taken it personally when Americans pushback on government. In America, government must remember its boss. The American people.
Clearly, some people in government today are acting like the British in 1775.
But in the spirit of our founding fathers, Americans are rising up.
Because back then, over 244 years ago, the American people back then, rose up and declared their independence, and then, they’ve paid for this independence with their blood and lives. Then they’ve drafted a Bill of Rights, and a Constitution. And finally, the experiment of liberty from tyranny was underway.
But sadly, man has forgotten its boss.
This and other nations aren’t out of the woods.
In some states, there will be elements of restrictions in place that will affect everything that we do. Where reasonable and Constitutional, we should do our best not to enter into foolishness while not giving up our God giving rights and freedoms. Above all. Forget not the Lord our God.
America has been shut down economically for over a couple of months. People haven’t been paid in weeks. So a local house of worship will be behind the curve in tithes and offerings. People have rent to pay, and other expenses. We get it.
However, we shouldn’t avoid honoring the Lord when we have the means to do so.
After 70 years in Babylon, Israel returned to the land. For a period of time, Nehemiah led the effort to rebuild the wall and the temple. But the people stopped rebuilding the temple to rebuild their personal homes. And the Lord’s anger was kindled. The House of the Lord remained unfinished.
So the Lord destroyed their personal homes and told them, through the prophet Haggai to “Consider your ways.” Rebuild the House of the Lord first, and then you can rebuild your house.
So be careful if you intend to rebuild your place first and leave the work of the house of God undone or not funded.
Besides this, the routine of corporate prayer and other services must happen.
The time has come to return to the Lord and to minister to the Lord. To thank Him for protecting us that remain in the land of the living. Yes, we will mourn the ones we’ve lost and care for those that are still recovering from Coronavirus.
We must be prepared to help where we can and not look to take advantage, and not allow people elected by Americans, the true stewards of this nation, to take advantage.
The alarm bell of the last hour was already set from the beginning of time.
The day is late and the very end of the last hour is approaching to its close.
Let’s keep our lamps trimmed and burning bright.