I am writing this article because I see many believers falling into two traps. These traps are very detrimental to peace and well-being during this pandemic. I have listened intently to all sides of the all-consuming issues concerning the covid 19 viruses. The trap is just that we get caught in the all-consuming cases brought forth.
Over the years, I have observed a somewhat troubling scenario. Christians who have been intolerant with each other over denominational, doctrinal or personal conflicts suddenly become animated together over issues. We expect God to put His stamp on our struggle against what we think is destructive to the existence of the overall church and society in general. We go to war over things together and call this unity, yet there are many unresolved issues between us. There is power in being in one accord, but this power comes when we love God and are willing to lay our lives down for each other. True "overturning evil power" is out of deep love. Friendship in God for each other is to be our life and not a task. Without this, we cannot trust one another to be secure in the necessary battles we must face both personally and externally in the preservation of God's goodness and love to a world tossed to and fro, as we see with this virus. When a battle is over, we must not go back to the previous way in our isolation, back to business as usual. The question is, with unresolved conditions looming in the darkness, do we have much power?
I have been in relative seclusion for the last while. There are a number of people I long to see but just can't seem to have the inner unction to do this. Basically, I have been taking care of my 90-year-old mother which is an honour and also blesses the Lord simply because He loves her and wants her to know this before she passes. Also, I have been spending much time walking through woodland trails with Deb my wife and our two standard poodles. I want to get moving on things but it seems like the Lord is saying, "not yet."