The End Is Near!
The end is coming! Not the end of the world -- every time somebody sets that date, it turns out to be wrong -- but the end of the quarantine and the return to a measure of "normalcy."
In a recent sermon, Pastor Dan referred to 2 Corinthians 10:4-5: “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ...” (ESV).
He brought out an important application from this text, that we need to control our input, that our internal thought life needs to be regulated according to Scripture and the Holy Spirit.
But there is another aspect here.
The language Paul uses not only refers to what we think about, but also the philosophies and thought systems of the world which are in opposition to God's truth.
These may look impressive, like some lofty fortified ancient city decorated with pennants and bristling with arms. But Paul is not impressed. Part of his job is to proclaim the gospel, which is proof against these forces.
God is building his church, "and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). Why? Because we hold the gospel, and as we witness to the truth in word and deed we join in this spiritual warfare, tearing down those fortresses stone by stone.
What does this have to do with the end of the quarantine?
Even in quarantine, this truth has not ceased to be true. The church has continued in her mission. We may feel confined, but God's truth is not, and has continued to work through us, even if we don't see it. And the church's mission will continue as we return, giving us back yet greater opportunities to advance his kingdom.
Each of us must ask "Lord, what more can I do?" and go forth trusting in his promises and his victory over the powers of the world already accomplished in Christ.