“At some point, the COVID-19 crisis will be over, and the question for Christians will be simple: “What should we learn from this?” And one thing seems obvious: The levels of general panic indicate that few of us have been properly prepared for the reality of our own mortality”
This discussion has been swirling in our little Hedger-hut the past few weeks as we have observed (via news sources) global hysteria over the inevitable – death.
As this current crises has caused this deeply buried concern (& fear) to surface among millions of Americans, perhaps the most vital thing the Western Church can learn is in the vernacular of the old adage “when push comes to shove” – what people truly need, and deeply desire, is for the Church to return to our first and primary calling of sharing the simple and profoundly good news of the Gospel. Christ came for the sole purpose of reconciling sinful man with a Holy God through His life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension. All other social activity and emotionally and intellectually fulfilling conversation lags far behind in order of importance.
Perhaps it is time for humble repentance within the American Church for our subtle embracement and focus on lesser things, when the greatest issue at hand is the salvation of souls.
Perhaps it’s time to return to simple churches proclaiming the simple Gospel.
“And just as it is appointed for people to die once, so also Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9) “God has offered us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son, has life; he who does not have the Son if God does not have life.” (1 John 5:11-12)