It is an unfortunate thing that many people are losing their lives due to the Corona Virus. However, that should not blind us to look beyond that and see it from God’s angle. Corona is like the ‘Great wall of China.’ It has been a great barrier between man and nature in the past few months. Nature began to blossom and heal in the absence of human intervention. The air around us is now free from pollution. The ozone layer above our heads is purified of the deadly wound we had inflicted upon its skin and flora and fauna is alive and kicking. As the psalmist describes, the river seems to clap and hills are singing for joy (Psalms 98:8).
Not only between man and nature, but the corona has also taken its seat between man and man by creating a social and physical distance between them. This isolation of man from man has brought a massive downward surge in the number of crimes committed in the entire world. There are very few cases of rape, murder, robbery and other evils in pandemic era than that were in pre-pandemic ages. We can safely say that the best way to bring peace into this world is to imprison humans away from each other and from nature.
One of the most important position that corona has occupied is between clergy and laity. Lock-down has separated devotees from the temple, and clergy from the pulpit. As we have meditated upon the boon of corona between man & nature and between man & man, so must we try to understand why God has allowed corona to sit between the clergy and the Laity?
Christ Replaced the Levitical Priesthood
Many people think that Corona is an agent of the devil, sent to stop Christians from attending churches. These people are still like Israelites of the Old Testament era. They are like the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Like the Samaritan woman, they keep believing “Our place of worship is better than your place of worship (John 4:20).”
But wise men have realized that God (who is a spirit), cannot be found in temples made up of human hands.
Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,Acts 7:48
With the death of Jesus on the cross, God had vacated his Old house (temple/churches). He now dwells in his new house, the temple of human hearts. God No longer employs the old testament servants(Levites) who used to serve God in his old house. Christ has taken the place of the mediator between God and man. God expects humans to route their prayer requests not through Levites/saints or any middlemen, but directly to the Jesus Christ. Christ mediating for us to God is far superior to white-clad saints praying for us to God. Therefore STOP giving the UNBIBLICAL MONETARY TITHES to YOUR WHITE CLADS. You need to give to Christ as mentioned in Matt 25:31-46.
“Our poor prayers are blotted and blurred and stained with sin, but our great High Priest sprinkles them with his own most precious blood, and so purifies them and then with his own dear hands, he lays them before the mercy seat, and for his sake, they are sure to be accepted.”C H Spurgeon
Therefore the great wall of Corona speaks to them who were uncomfortable to pray to God at home, without the aid of human mediators. It speaks to them to give a try to taste and see God personally without the aid of middlemen. It is not strange but for a few days to not to visit the old house of God (temple/churches/TPM Fake Homes). Soon you will adapt to a new way. We should not look to white-clad saints to make our prayers to be accepted by God but towards Jesus Christ should we look who is a better option to make our prayers reach unto God. God directly speaking to us is better than we getting his words mixed with imaginations of the human mind when it comes via saints. Thus we can say that corona as a great wall between the clergy and the laity and between the temple and the devotee. It has been the greatest blessing to teach Christians the importance of trusting Jesus over middlemen.
Denominational Barriers Removed
Without any instruction from any clergy, from any church, many Christians stood outside their homes, during this lock-down period (on Sundays), and worshipped God in Christian colonies. Irrespective of what denomination these Christians belonged, they all were joyfully worshipping almighty God.
This Corona wall between our clergy and ourselves has demolished the wall of denomination and joined Christians together. On one hand, it stood as a wall between the clergy who was trying to influence his own control over us, and on the other hand, it demolished walls of the divide between Christians attending different churches. I think this was the style of the early church of first-century where Christian neighbours living beside each other were not members of different denominations. Early Christian fellowships were separated by geography (Church of Smyrna, Church of Ephesus etc) and not by ideological (Church of Paul, Church of Peter, IPC, TPM, CSI etc). So we can say that this Corona had brought us into first-century church experience by making us forget our ideological differences. It has taught us that the most important thing is not ideology but coming together and worshipping God and doing Good works as a community of Christ-followers.
Miscellaneous Benefits of Corona
We have a count few more blessings of corona lock-down on religious gatherings. These prohibitions will continue few more months (I suppose). Its time then to look positively towards God ordained blessing in disguise. Here are few other boons of this corona lock-down which I can enlist.
- It had put a temporary stop to unnecessary wastage of people’s money donated to the church, in buying lands and property in name of churches and pastors.
- It had put stop to gluttons inside TPM who ran for Mutton-Chicken Biriyani restaurants too often when lock-down was not in effect.
- Noise pollution is reduced and neighbours around TPM are feeling a huge sigh of relief.
- It has taught us that worship of God and fellowship of Christian brethren is possible without taking membership in any denomination(Religious Business Houses).
- People like Luca and others have understood how the Clergy is stiff-necked and arrogant at this time. Click here to know that.
- It has taught selfish workers of TPM to donate food to the poor. Be it one per cent of 900 plus faith homes (not even 9), and be it for sake of sounding trumpet when donating, and be it only for few days out of 45+ days of lock-down (until now), at least we had seen TPM distributing little of its food to those in need. This was never seen from selfish workers of TPM before Corona. Chiefs previously probably punished local priests from donating to poor and needy. But this time their fear on local in-charges seemed to have vanished in few faith homes at least. Elders and few pastors have dared to donate food packets. This is a welcome change. Listen to this video where the Clergy donates money and takes credit for what is pickpocketed from the believers in the name of Tithe.
I would like to end this article with scripture below
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.Rom 8:28
May God teach us more, to glorify him in this perilous times…