There is an immediate call to action on the part of American citizens to practice social-distancing in the wake of a national crisis – the spread of the Coronavirus. Should Christians submit to this order? Should churches close their doors? Does submission mean Christians are operating out of fear and not faith?
God gave Adam the authority to lead. “And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air, and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them; and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof,” Genesis 2:19. Yet, Adam failed in his leadership because of disobedience. “Therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life,” Genesis 3:23-24.
Jesus, as our leadership model, lived among the people – a society. He was part of a natural family. He taught his disciples how to live in a society. His obedience was his strength not his weakness. It was important that Jesus showed his faith through obedience.
Obeying the law of the land to “stay-in” place does not have to diminish your faith. The emphasis should not be fear but obedience Personally, I know it is a difficult thing to isolate. As a caregiver, I did not want to be at home on Sunday mornings when church was happening; but my Mom’s medical needs called for 24 hours of isolation. At that time, there was no one else to help. I was angry at the disease and situation. Yet, I learned to yield to someone else’s needs over my own under difficult circumstances. I learned more about humility and compassion; I am learning other ways to stay engage in the Kingdom of God. as a Servant Leader.
Servant Leaders lead by godly examples. Use this opportunity to show your faith through obedience. Pray for first-responders, government employees, truck drivers, grocery workers, military, business leaders, health professionals and others, who have no choice but to be available in this moment of crisis for our safety. Remember the homeless who feels isolation every day. Do not let disobedience lead to hurting those you want to help. Isolation does not mean you are operating in fear. It is God who is faithful. He is merciful. This is only a moment in time – critical moment that you are called to action as an obedient servant leader.