Demonstrating love and wise judgment

I am pleased the doors of all churches have been ordered to close for the safety of all.

Many churches closed voluntary before the order was given. Others stubbornly insisted on staying open. “Where is your faith?” they would post on Facebook – critical of those who chose to close their doors until this virus is controlled.

Perhaps they thought that no harm would come to them if they were in the church building worshipping their God.

What many of my brothers and sisters in Christ don’t understand is Christians are not under a shield of protection just because they believe and worship. Bad things will happen to good people, the same as it will happen to evil people.

One example is mass shootings in church buildings where Christians were killed. I believe the book of Job was written to teach us that bad things happen to good, faithful people. The devil was allowed to bring harm to Job. Even after losing everything he owned and suffering from a terrible sickness, Job still loved the Lord. Now that is love!

This book answers the reason for suffering especially the suffering of people who love God, The Bible clearly teaches the devil has power on earth.

So when my brothers in Christ ask “Where is your faith?,” I have to ask them “where is your love?” Did you miss the part in the Bible about caring for and protecting the elderly and vulnerable. Do you not know this virus is said to be deadlier than the flu and spreads much faster than anything you ever have known.

It has been found that separation is the key to fighting this deadly disease. Do you not know the Bible teaches us to obey the authorities over you and we are supposed to be peacemakers and not troublemakers. God expects us to also use wisdom.

Jerry Cooke Sr.


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