March 19, 2020
by Pastor Don Willeman
Hello, this is Pastor Don Willeman of Christ Redeemer Church. Welcome to a special-edition series of the Kingdom Perspective.
What should the church do in the face of the coronavirus?
We should aim all the more to be social reconcilers.
Right now, many from all different persuasions are tempted to become critics and complainers—trying to find fault and pin blame. However, the gospel categorically bars us from going down this road. This is no time for finger pointing or trying to score cheap political points. Rather, this is the time for true Christians to put their faith to work, bringing not only a positive and hopeful attitude into the public square—blessing where there is cursing—but also bringing their own time, treasure and talents to help those in need. You should up your game in giving to the shared ministry of your church, so that the ministry can flourish at this critical hour. Don’t focus on social media. Rather, determine how you can be of real social good. Are their ways you can provide practical care to your fellow Christian or to unbelieving neighbor?
What I am suggesting is not some add-on tactic to make the gospel look good. Rather, what I am suggesting is absolutely intrinsic to the gospel itself. God so loved the world that he did not sit back in judgment and critique. Rather, He gave Himself for us. As Jesus himself put it: He did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life away for others. This is the true Christianity, and those “infected” by it will be true to the pattern portrayed in it.
Something to think about from The Kingdom Perspective.
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