The central message of the Bible from the first book of Genesis to the end of Revelation is a message of family and community. The gospel itself is God’s tool for bringing His family back into His fold.
The law that God gave Moses has specific instructions about family and community, and even ordered festivals and community gatherings multiple times every year for the Jewish nation. And while Jesus and the apostles occasionally presented the gospel in one-on-one situations, it was primarily transmitted in large community groups, in synagogues and in church gatherings and in the city squares.
Never has “a house divided” been less metaphorical as it has in our nation these past few months. The goal of Godless politicians has been to separate and divide families, churches, synagogues, and other God ordained gatherings. And many of those Godless politicians routinely violate those same rules they place upon their states and cities.
This not only flies in the face of the biblical exhortation to gather in community, it directly contradicts the precepts in our constitution.
And since this sense of community is vital to the Christian Gospel, the Enemy has chosen to attack it and try to break it down.
When the State attacks the Church, we must respond as the Apostle Peter did, declaring “We must obey God rather than men.”
On this Thanksgiving I am grateful to our Supreme Court, which overturned the oppression of the religious community by reinforcing the Bill of Rights’ Declaration of the ability to assemble.
The Apostle Paul declares the wisdom of the world to be foolishness:
“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”
“… but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.” First Corinthians 1
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10
There is a balance needed in dealing with this pandemic, and many other scriptural admonitions and instructions are clear as far as dealing with infection through quarantine. And we are exhorted to take care that we don’t injure those who are weaker with our expressions of faith, and so as we gather in community this Thanksgiving we will take care not to put anyone in undue risk of harm.
We will not subject ourselves, though, to the greater harm of denying the fact that Community is an essential part of our existence. And we need to recognize that these political actions are an attack upon the Community of Faith.