COVID Thoughts from the Society of Christian Scholars
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A ‘Covid-19 Letter’ from Paul
What might the apostle Paul say in a letter to a world ravaged by Covid-19? Read and be encouraged:
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God, to all who are sanctified in Christ Jesus; grace and peace to you.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion, who comforts us in all our troubles. Since I heard of the outbreak of Covid-19 in your countries, I have not stopped praying for you. I have heard that your streets are empty, and people can no longer live normal lives. I have also heard of the distress of families, the sufferings of the elderly and the poor, the loss of jobs and the tears of many.
May the church of Jesus Christ unite as one body and pray for the healing of the world. I urge, then, that petitions, prayers, and intercession be made for all people, especially for leaders and all those in authority, and for health care workers. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
My heart’s desire and prayer is that men and women of this generation will seek God and forsake idols; for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Be comforted if you have lost loved ones to Covid-19. Do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we inherit a building from God, an eternal house, not built by human hands.
Be sober and charitable, and do not vilify people of other races. Encourage one another through psalms, hymns, and songs. Avoid idleness by all means; take this opportunity to grow deeper in the word of God and in your disciplines. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Prof. Osam Edim Temple
Society Executive Chair