We know and understand that this is a disruptive moment for everyone. I call on every religious leader to be innovative at such a time. Let us come up with ingenious and effective ways of worship in the face of this global challenge. This is not the time to suspend worship but to come up with practical and workable worship environments.
I call on all brethren who are most vulnerable such as seniors, those with underlying health challenges and perhaps those who are pregnant to be most cautious.
While it might be very tempting to display our faith prowess, it might not be expedient to do such at this time. This is not the best time to be famous but the situation calls for wisdom and God-inspired decisions.
We should and must not give in to fear but activate the word of God in our lives at this time. It is time to prove the efficacy of the word of God such as is written in Proverbs 18:10 which says the name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe. (NLT). The scripture is full of many of such promises and so I need not encumber this write up with all of them.
Finally in all our decisions, we should consider Rom 13:1-5 very carefully;
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.” Rom 13:1-5 (NIV)
We will soon be out of this because although we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil because He is with us.
God bless you all brethren.
Pastor Nosa Idahosa.
Snr Pastor ACCM Calgary.