To the Alexandrians.
I have already heard of the persecution in Alexandria and the rest of Egypt, and, as might be expected, I am deeply affected. I have observed the ingenuity of the devil’s mode of warfare. When he saw that the Church increased under the persecution of enemies and flourished all the more, he changed his plan.
To the Alexandrians.
I would argue that the most troubling and obvious issue plaguing Christianity today is the fear of death. Coronavirus has ripped cover off that secret. It’s been exposed and there is no hiding this terrible and shameful fact. We, the people of the resurrection are afraid, nay, terrified of inevitable death. Our treasures have been stored here in our temporal life and we shake our fists when an aged person beyond 80 years old dies. “It isn’t fair,” we cry in anger. It is as though we believe that death is a punishment and that earth is heaven.(more…)
You all are upset about what the MSM tells you to be upset about. They feed you fear and you swallow it up wholesale. They told you to be angry and fearful of a virus and you were. They told you to be angry at people who question the oppression and you were. People like me have been fighting against the dehumanization of people and you mocked us and told us we are unloving first peacefully assembling and defending ALL of us from oppression. Then the media decides that you don’t need to be afraid of the virus anymore. Now it’s cops (hello?!). Did the virus go away? You all aren’t worried about the virus killing protesters now, because two weeks ago people were telling me that they hope the virus kills me for my “selfishness” and “stupidity”.
“The meaning ascribed in popular usage to the word “selfishness” is not merely wrong: it represents a devastating intellectual “package-deal,” which is responsible, more than any other single factor, for the arrested moral development of mankind.
In popular usage, the word “selfishness” is a synonym of evil; the image it conjures is of a murderous brute who tramples over piles of corpses to achieve his own ends, who cares for no living being and pursues nothing but the gratification of the mindless whims of any immediate moment.(more…)
Christians have been persecuted since the time of Christ. In many countries today, it is still extremely dangerous to attend church and to be a Christian. Christians are bombed, dismembered, raped, crucified, and shot, but they gather for worship anyway, accepting the risk and God’s will in their lives. They are willing to die (a real and probable threat) for their faith.
Here we are in the West Christians and are afraid to gather for worship because of a small chance we might catch a virus and and even smaller chance we might die from it. Many Christians who are wanting to go to church during this time, are being called foolish by other Christians for their faith and need to commune with God. Lord have mercy. Let us be fools for Christ.(more…)