by: Barbara Powell
Easter weekend is now in the books and somehow the idea of potentially contracting an illness continued to be publicized more than the celebration of the resurrection.
As our yards are taking on the fragrance of Spring and the neighborhoods are beginning to blossom with folks enjoying the longer days, life almost has a ring of normalcy to it. We could almost go back into some of the habits from before. Before the pandemic we were (for the most part) God professing, flag flying, law abiding, loving-our-home-town people. We will gladly be there for most any of our neighbors in a time of trouble. If we could just get back to life as normal, then everything would be right in the world once more.
Isn’t it interesting that we only hear of one primary health issue that has been given to us in massive quantities for over a year now, but the greatest pandemic is rarely talked about? Don’t get me wrong. I am grateful for warnings that inform me of pending tragedy. If a tornado is headed towards my house, I want to be warned ahead of time! It seems that the news broadcasters are doing a great job at communicating the warning.
But then I wonder. If the Bible is true, then the pending return of Christ is true, not to mention the fact that everyone that dies between now and then will face Him. And if that’s true, then the commission which was given to us must also be true. That commission is for us to go out into all the world and proclaim repentance for the forgiveness of sin in His name (Luke 24:47). We know that sin is more severe than Covid, in that it has spread to all people (Romans 5:12). When sin is completed, it is guaranteed to bring about death (James 1:15).
As we pray for things to get back to normal, I must ask a question. Why is it that the news media does a better job of publicizing a crisis that only impacts a portion of the population, than we as believers do publicizing the greatest pandemic known to man? Maybe it is time the headlines proclaimed the good news of the gospel!