THE CORONAVIRUS AND RACIAL TENSION

June 12, 2020

THE CORONAVIRUS AND RACIAL TENSION

Is there a connection? I have a thought I cannot seem to shake. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was (the most important thing) He replied to "Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength." But He went further: "To love your neighbor as Yourself."

The rest of His life taught us that this is impossible to do unless you believe in Christ and allow Him to become the Lord and ruler of your life. Apart from that, loving God and loving others rightly is impossible.

God, in His mercy, is relentless in His desire to bring us to this, for only here will we fully be what He has designed us to be. Apart from this connection to Him and walking in the fullness of His love we cannot fulfill our destiny.

WHAT IF ...

THE CORNAVIRUS ... was allowed by God to shut the world up so that we would be still and know that He is God? That we have walked away from Him. That we are helpless without Him. What if the intent of these days was to help us see our need, lay down our idols and fully come back to Him? And what if ...

THE RACIAL TENSION ... was allowed by God to show us, in unmistakable ways once again, how grievously we have sinned against each other? How seriously our brothers are hurt by our sin? How deeply we dishonor life in every bit of racist thoughts and actions (which is at the foundation of the abortion issue also), and what if He is calling us to deeply repent of that sin as never before and return to Him to love each other just as He has loved us?

AND WHAT IF ... we would repent of not loving God with a whole heart and of not loving others with a whole heart? And what if God would respond by sending a mighty nationwide (or worldwide) spiritual revival to the church and massive spiritual awakening to those far from God?

And, what if this return to Him and others started with ME?

 





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