This is not a post I wanted to write but have felt compelled to write due to the up rise in public showcasing their believes and religion on the various social media platforms. This has led to the up rise of hate speech towards those who find their hope and strength on religious grounds. There has been a lot of posts going around on social media, specifically Christian orientated posts and a few types of them that have harnessed a lot of the attention. However, these posts portray Christians as ignorant people with little understanding towards the depth of the situation.
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Personally, I walk in the Light provided by Jesus Christ, but I do not condemn people following other religions. I merely pray for them and hope that the way that I lead my life through Jesus, will inspire them to follow the Light as well. We need to respect one another’s opinions on matters regarding religion and spiritual believes. As every person finds hope in that which they believe in.
Unfortunately, we do encounter those who do not see the grounds for seeking religion or faith in these times. People who condemn religious systems, saying “it is not the time and place for religious communities”. Now I ask you…
When is it the right time for it then? If not now? Now, in a time where hope is on a balance. How can we question the purpose and place of the Lord in our lives, amidst the circumstances? I have said this before, and I will say it again. Social media is a very powerful tool in the times that we live in. It has the power to destroy as well as the power to provide upliftment. I hope to use it to provide the latter.
There are two types of these posts I want to address today. These two types of posts raised concern towards the understanding which people have of the matters at hand. Not only about the climate we are in, but also the seriousness of it. This after the President addressed the nation of Sunday evening (15 March 2020):
Posts spreading fear among believers
The first type of post reads something along the lines of, “We should not fear the virus, we should rather fear sin, it is far more deadly.” These types of messages are supposed to be a that of indifference aimed at instilling attention to things other than the pressing matters at hand. However, instead it shows ignorance to the situation. I am not saying that we should live in fear of the virus at all. However, be socially aware, protect yourself and take the necessary precautions to limit the excessive spread. By the blood of Jesus, we are healed. Apply the blood of Jesus to your life. You as a newborn Christian have that ability. As for the later part of that statement. On many occasions in the Bible it says to fear nothing. Instead pray. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. His blood poured out in seven different ways as payment for our sins. We should not fear sin. We must apply the blood of Jesus over our lives. We must repent and ask forgiveness for our sins. By the blood of Jesus, we are forgiven.
When you do make these kinds of statements, I plead with you, don’t make these statements without applying the blood of Jesus over them in your own life. As statements described above promotes fear, instead of conquering it.
Posts seemingly showing ignorance towards the matters at hand
The second type of post is in the form of an image that reads “COVID-19: Christ Over Virus and Infectious Deceases”. I do not want to go against those people sharing this message, because it is an important message of unity to share. However, when sharing this message, also remember faith in action. Put all measures of precaution in place in order to prevent the virus from entering your life and your body. I reiterate. Apply the blood of Jesus over your life and over the life of your family and friends. It is the blood of Jesus that heals us and protects us.
As it stands in Joshua 1:9 (AMPC) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Wherever you go. Wherever the path may lead, the Lord has got you firmly in His grip. This is what we should be declaring. We should be declaring positive proclamations of faith and then actively work towards the positive end result of these proclamations.
The Law of Attraction says that everything you think and everything you speak; you attract to yourself. It does not consider positives or negatives, it considers entities. Thus, if you pray not to be infected, you are drawing the concept of infection into your life. The mind is a powerful weapon, it is so easy to manipulate it into thinking and believing false truths. That is why we need to train ourselves to pray in an enlightened manner in this time that we are in. So instead pray. “Lord, heal us. Lord, protect us in this world. Lord, may your mercy be over us. Lord, bless us with you love and compassion. Lord, consider us tenderly.”
Father God that resides in Heaven.
Today I pray over the person reading this post. Lord, I pray that through the blood of Jesus, this person is healed. Father, I ask that you protect this person and provide them with the comfort they require. May You be a beacon of hope in their lives. Please provide them with the strength, knowledge and resources to apply action to their faith.
In the name of Jesus Christ, through the Spirit that guides us.