Are you one of those “silly” maskers, or a crazed “conspiracy theorist” non-masker? Do you believe in science? Well, duh, everybody believes in science, right? But which of the multiple, mutually opposed scientific statements do you espouse about Covid? Herd immunity science? Chinese genocide science? Leftist agenda science? Vaccine research science? Medical community science? Wait, which medical community’s science?
Just for a moment, put all that junk on hold and consider what Jesus prayed for his people….. us. He prayed for us to be unified.
“I do not ask on behalf of these alone (the apostles), but for those also who
believe in Me through their word (us); that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me” John 17:20-21
Jesus did not pray to his father asking him to unite his children by making us all carbon copies of one another. He prayed for us to practice unity based on the sanctifying truth of his word (17:17).
If we had a divine word on Covid, you know we would go with it. Instead, we are challenged to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace in the face of multiple Ramona/Corona/Pamona/Come-on-a story-lines presented by this temporary world of darkness.
I’m telling you to keep your focus on Jesus and the unity with your brothers & sisters for which Jesus prayed even as, no, especially as, they do things that you may think are dumb. Do this because #1) we can’t yet know which of us may be proven “dumber” than the other and #2) because regardless of our differences of opinion on temporal, therefore inconsequential issues, we all put our ultimate faith in Jesus Christ, the Lord of lords and King of kings.
That faith alone should be more of a unifier in our minds than anything else could prove worthy of division.
Think about it. If we’ve held firm on the word of God all these years and the devil has not been able to shake us, then he may try to come up with a different plan. What if this pandemic has at heart the intention of dividing God’s people? He already has everyone else. He doesn’t have us. Not yet.