Liberties, Rights, and Christianity during the Corona Virus

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I want to start this whole thing by saying that the following opinions are unpopular and I am well aware of that. I will accept comments with honest questions or biblical concerns, but I will not publish or read comments shared out of anger or simply for the purpose of argument.

I've seen a lot of my dear Christian friends express concerns about how this unique time in history is causing the government to take away our liberties at a quick rate. They express concern and even outrage that their fellow Christians are not doing more, saying more, against what is going on around them.

Bothers and sisters in Christ, if we are worried about what the government is doing during this time, our focus is in the wrong place. Don't get me wrong. Please vote and do vote according to your conscious. Yet, during this crisis, if Christians are using their effort to fight the political evils, they are fighting the wrong battle.

Right now, we have an amazing opportunity to reach those in our community with the gospel, to be the hands and feet of Jesus. If we are spending more mental and physical energy on the liberties that the government is taking away, then we are reaching out to those around them and asking what God would have us do, that's a problem.

The bible does not call us to fight for political change, it does not call us to stand up for or rights as citizens of whatever nation that we happen to live in. It calls us to live holy and blameless lives. It called us to live radical lives for Christ and to share the hope within us to the doing world around us.

America will someday be dust. In the grand scream of entirety, what the government is doing is really not the concern of the church. When we get to heaven, our voting record, and political stands will not gain our reward. I doubt there will be one person in heaven because they were won over by our political opinions during the coronavirus. Yet, the church has an opportunity to share our hope with our neighbors like never before.

We can help feed those who are hungry, to get groceries for that mean old lady a few doors down and show her the love and compassion of Christ. I personally know Christians who are helping to fill the huge need for grocery delivery, when many volunteers are running home. I know Christian medical workers rushing toward the epicenters to help in the name of Jesus. We can share hope with those who are feeling hopeless. We can go to go to God for peace, in a culture that is thriving on fear and anger.

Brothers and sisters, let us live quiet lives that respect those in authority, as the Bible commands and use this time to spread the gospel of Jesus, not our political agenda.

A few years ago I wrote a four-part series about my biblical understanding of how we are supposed to treat those with authority over us. You can read about David and Saul, What Romans says, Peter's Stand Against Authority, and Our Response.

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  1. While I don't agree 100%, I appreciate this post and the heart behind it very much. Being a light for Christ should be our first priority and concern. Thank you <3

  2. I agree all of our efforts shouldn't be focused on the politcal. And yet, our efforts can often be two-fold. Our priority must be God, but he also gave us Earth to care for and humanity to love. And we claimed America for ourselves. Voting is good, but it's not enough for an American who has the duty and obligation as a partaking ruler. We aren't a nation of subjects, but a nation who took on the burden of ruling ourselves, and we do have a moral obligation to that undertaking and heritage. It's not about "our rights" but the rights of all, and about ensuring a future that our ancestors gave to us. Yes, God must always come first. But if we are living blameless and holy, we will also think of the future of others and of keeping evil in check when we have the power and authority to do so.


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    2. I posted a comment and I realized it was vague. I know we disagree on this topic as we've discussed it before. Nothing I say can change your mind.

  3. I must say I agree with you. I'm not American, and I don't live in the USA, but I've been very disconcerted to see how some Christians are going around shaming people for choosing to self-isolate.

    Too many Christians are saying that those who are choosing to stay home are 'living in fear' or are 'not trusting God'. I even had it this morning that someone basically implied I was not a Christian because I am self isolating for the sake of my family members and not going to work right now.

    I'm sorry, but I honestly believe that if my 'freedom' is going to have a negative impact on someone else, then its not Christian to put it into effect. So what if I believe Covid-19 is not serious and I want to go back to work. OK.
    I go to work not realizing I am infected, with only a mild cough joint aches. I stop off at the coffee shop and get served by a young woman who I did not realize was asthmatic and up up inadvertently infecting her. She dies of acute pneumonia and lung failure.

    Sorry but my actions and choices have consequences. Possibly disastrous consequences for other people, and I do believe that a lot of people have a very selfish attitude about this. Its not going to effect them and only kill 'really sick' people.

    1. I agree totally agree. Personally, I pray for our leaders often that God would give them insight on how to handle this situation. Sometimes I agree and sometimes I disagree with what their doing, but I assume God is using them.

  4. Or to put it another way, is my free choice to smoke cigarettes, but its not my freedom to give my family lung cancer. We can talk about 'freedom' all we want, and I won't say its not hard. My whole country is in lockdown, but you know what? I really believe that this has not been down to take away our liberty: this has been done to stop the spread of a disease. Quarantine is actually Biblical (check Leviticus).

    I have liberty under law, but it is not my freedom to kill someone else by infecting them with a deadly disease