CHURCH, CHRISTIANS, COVID-19
It’s a hot topic now. Even if the Christians don’t blame God, non believers will be quick to point out, “Where is your God?” God didn’t send out the virus, but Satan/Devil did. So it’s natural that the enemy attack Christians, God’s people. But this wouldn’t have happened without God’s permission.
“So, why did God allow this to happen?”
Yet, as in Ecclesiastes, there’s nothing new under the sun. I’ve been reading the Old Testament, and this is so common: people of God and God Himself were mocked and taunted in seemingly deafeated situations. But over and over again, God’s promise of deliverance for His people came to pass. God and His people always emerge victorious.
The greatest example of it all: Jesus died on the cross. In that moment, all seemed lost. The promise of Messiah became empty, the beliefs of His followers shaken. That 3 days before resurrection must be a dark period of questioning of own faith and beliefs. Even Jesus Himself was mocked, “Where is God to save you?”
So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’Matthew 27:41-43
What people see was death. What was going on in the background is God’s redemption plan going into effect. Jesus conquered death at the end of the day. Even as we read in Bible that Jesus was ressurected, nonbelievers don’t see that. They see a supposedly Messiah as a man who died on the cross. Unbelievers just don’t see the goodness of it all.
What people see now are infected churches. What is going on in the background, our human minds cannot fathom. To unite the church, to put church on news, to sieve out fake believers, to show His miracles, to…. One can only guess. But one thing for sure, God makes all things good in the end.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28