Ever since I was born, going to church was as usual as going to the grocery store. Nothing spectacular about it. Never for once did I imagine a time when I wouldn’t go not because I didn’t want to but because I couldn’t or wasn’t allowed to.
I’ve heard and read about some Christians persecuted for their faith in the Middle East and Asia such that they have to hide to meet. I do pray from time to time that God will keep their faith and shelter them under His wings. But I do admit that I could do much better.
Thankfully, the present circumstances disallowing us to congregate has nothing to do with religious opposition. It’s a matter of public safety. Welcome to 2020, people.
I remember when our President first made the announcement about no social gatherings including worship services. Many people took to social media protesting that it was an attack against the church; with the question of why the clubs weren’t being closed as well. It seemed my people jumped the gun because such places were also told to close soon after.
We’ve always been told that the church isn’t the magnificent 20,000 seater building or the bamboo structure put out in some village out there. We the believers, are members of one body with Christ as the Head. We are referred to ambassadors of Christ; to show Jesus to the world wherever we go. But why are some of us fretting over this temporary measure as if inability to congregate strips us of the right to BE the church?
With everything entertainment on shutdown at the moment, I feel it’s God’s way of drawing people’s attention to Himself. We’ve been distracted for far too long with glamorous events, celebrities, superstars, fashion, tech and money to listen to God and find out what He expects of us. Now in our various closets, He will teach us His will for our lives if only we will turn an attentive ear to Him.
Most believers are guilty of running to ‘church’ to act like Christians; depriving the world we live in of how Christ-life really is like. The physical church is only supposed to be a hospital for the weak and a filling station for the drained to be refueled so we can pour ourselves out to the world we live in – demonstrating the love of Christ to the fullest.
Thanks to the global coronavirus pandemic, church services are going digital now which means most people are likely to chance upon one when he goes live on social media. The gospel has a higher chance of reaching the ends of the world through digital media; where most of the world virtually resides anyway.
Family/cell meetings or online services will not feel the same as full church services, I admit but we should be grateful for the opportunity to still hear the word of God and fellowship with other believers so please don’t skip such arrangements if your church has put some in place. Meanwhile, in this time of fear, panic and anxiety, let the church rise up and comfort the nations, assuring them of everlasting life in Christ if only they would believe and accept Him as Lord and Savior.
You are the church on-the-go; a living, breathing, walking, talking church with so much to share about the love of Christ. Some people are afraid because they feel death is the end. But for those of us who know that those who die in Christ are only asleep, waiting to be raised by Christ on the last day, have nothing to fear. For to live is Christ and to die is gain.
So people, rise up and let’s be the church we’ve been called to be! From Sunday to Saturday!
© Josephine Amoako 2020