Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Rejoicing in the City

There is palpable joy in the city. Malls are full again. Streets and sidewalks are buzzing with people. With a stroke of genius, the Malaysian political leadership announced the day and year of release coinciding with major holidays. Only in church there was hardly a murmur of joy. If I were leading worship or asked to say a prayer I would have led the congregation to shout Hosanna and Halleluyah which I did on August 30th 2020 at the height of the pandemic. We will not fear but through our God we shall do valiantly. Do I feel vindicated with my decision?

I don't need to but sadness clouds celebrations as the Church is so foolish to separate brother from a brother and a pastor from his flock on the basis of vaccination that is not mandated by the government. Even if there is a mandate (which there is none in Malaysia) the Church should know better that we are subject to a higher authority and there is no mandate in God's Word to exclude others in gathering together to worship. A sister texted me and said that all these while she has sought God's wisdom and that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Why don't we have His wisdom? Because we don't seek Him and we don't fear Him enough but fear more men of this world and powers that are seen. I pray that the Church as a whole will do some serious soul searching, humble themselves, repent from the heart and seek His will with sincerity. Only then the Church will be restored and per chance by the mercy of God we will rise again and shine the light of Christ in the city.

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