2020-05-26 Keeping My Head On Straight

“For everything there is a season, and a
time for every matter under heaven:”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

The COVID-19 seems to be causing a lot of tension among people these days. None of us should be surprised at that. This was predictable. How many movies have been made regarding with people who are stuck together and scared out of their wits at what is outside? Eventually, some want to go out for whatever reason while others insist that they stay safe and stay put. The movies always show that leaving leads to great hardship, at least for some and perhaps all. People freeze in the winter, get killed by vicious animals, or die because of a plague or nuclear radiation. Almost never does a movie show that people stayed in the shelter too long. But, that’s the movies. Tension and conflict sell tickets and popcorn.

What about real life?

Everyone has thoughts regarding this COVID-19 lockdown business. I’m not going to rehash it. I’m no expert. Besides, nobody wants to hear my thoughts anyway. What I do have is my own inner turmoil because of the lockdown that I need to deal with.

Let’s face it, I’m powerless to do anything about it. As a citizen, I voiced my concerns to my elected representatives, so there really isn’t any more I can do there. Events and things aren’t going according to plan, but it all seems to be working out. Probably the biggest problem I have is with people who disagree with me regarding the direction we should take. Let’s face it, there are two options, either leave the bunker or stay put. Anything between will cause conflict.

Romans 12:18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

How can I live in peace when society seems to be nearing a boiling point?

Look, Jesus never said this would be easy, but he did give us an operating manual. I know of many warnings about being angry or associating with angry people. I would be wise to take a stroll through Proverbs about all that. There are also lots of warnings about resentment and hard hearts. I must be very careful to be an ambassador of reconciliation as my first duty.

Perhaps this is what I need to keep at the forefront of my mind.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting us to the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

So, if God is using this virus for his glory, and he is, how might I best represent him? By wading into the deep weeds of debate regarding the lockdown? Or might I better serve God by pointing to the gospel? Might my time be best spent like it was at the beginning when I was asking people these questions: What do you suppose God is doing with this virus? Is he trying to get our attention? Why do you suppose he’s doing that?

This virus is still active, folks. That means that God has not yet accomplished his purpose with it. Our work isn’t done, either.

Father, keep me focused. Amen.

Copyright © 2020 Scott Powers

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