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As we continue to have to deal with COVID-19, I keep asking myself, As a believer what should I do?
People use Romans 13 — obeying the authorities — but they use it as all-inclusive. You can find story after story in the Bible where men and women of God didn’t use it as all-inclusive. Daniel was ordered not to pray to anyone but the king for 30 days. Daniel went to his room, prayed as he always had before, and was caught praying by the authorities. Daniel knew after 30 days he could pray. Daniel could have prayed silently. Unfortunately, too many so-called Christians want us to be silent, even now. I believe the reason for this is that they are afraid. Daniel could have prayed without kneeling or raising his hands. He did none of those things. Daniel chose to pray according to Scripture example and according to his lifelong custom (Daniel 6:10). He was willing to face the lion’s den, because he would not let the government dictate his personal expression of worship.
Martin Luther King, Jr. — The Church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the Church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.
What’s sad today is that a lot of churches, not all, have become just that. I could name two of the bigger ones here in Albuquerque where the pastors are servants of the state, where they stand for nothing or no one. But let you and me be the believers who stand for something. Stand for righteousness.
Let’s be a light to this dark world and to the authorities. Let them know they are not our masters, and they don’t get to dictate how we serve or worship our God — the only true God, the Father of our Lord Jesus.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 5:31 AM MDT
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