There are consequences to every change we experience in life. Two years ago life changed forever when the world became engulfed in battling Covid-19. A worldwide pandemic. Recently, due to a war Russia started by invading Ukraine, we hear less about the pandemic but it is still seriously impacting our world even though the numbers are no longer reported on a regular basis in most countries.
The Covid Pandemic has had major consequences in our lives. We have been looking at six of them which I also called pandemics as they are worldwide and can be seen and experienced in every nation.
1> A Pandemic of Depression
2> A Pandemic of Distrust
3> A Pandemic of Division
4> A Pandemic of Defamation
5> A Pandemic of Disorientation
6> A Pandemic of Disruption
Our culture – the social structure of your nation as well as the Christian culture – is fragmenting and fraying. We need, as believers, to resolve afresh to love people and to show kindness in the face of our disoriented world.
These issues won’t suddenly end when the Covid-19 pandemic ends.
Cultural convulsions like the ones we are going through have patterns and tend to last four to six years. Our culture is resetting, and we must be prepared to understand and respond to the new normal with the gospel in ways that are effective and life-giving.
In 1 Chronicles 12:32, we read how the men of Issachar “had understand of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.”
We need men and women like the Sons of Issachar today who know the times and the season
The times we live in AND the seasons of the Kingdom
In a similarly confused time in the first century, Paul’s exhortation to the Roman Church applies as well to us:
Romans 13:11-14a ESV “[Y]ou know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep … The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarrelling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ…”
In all the division, distrust, and disorientation we face today, let’s be aware of the times we are living in
Let’s keep our focus on our sure salvation
Let’s cast off the darkness of culture-copying
Let’s display the light of the Gospel of the Kingdom all the time and everywhere
Let’s put aside sinful habits and live as Jesus would want us to live — sharing Christ with everyone around us.