Coronavirus and the Country’s Future (5) – Will the Church Stand Up?

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning. The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; and you will be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will designate. You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God (Isa.62:1-3).

Right around the world, the church’s response to the Covid 19 “Pandemic” has not been one that’s glorified God.  Why do I say that?

With the exception of John Macarthur of Grace Church in California, almost every Christian leader’s response has been one of compliance. The church has run up the white flag of obedience to the state on the matter of a so-called health “pandemic,” which has been no pandemic at all.

And if you should ask,

Haven’t people died by the thousands?

I would say, “Yes, they have.” But every year around the world, this is the normal response to flu variants. Flu kills millions of the world’s population annually. Covid 19 has essentially displaced other flu viruses in the statistical analysis, but it’s impact was wildly exaggerated.

Who’s to blame for this?

We can begin with medical bureaucrats, who seized on a piece of half-baked analysis from the Imperial College in Britain. The writer of that document already had a reputation for exaggerating predictions of pandemics, and with Covid 19, he was perfectly consistent. So, medical bureaucrats around the world got off on the wrong foot, accepting a catastrophically inaccurate prediction of fatality rates, which has proven to be about 15 times greater than Covid really was.

When the politicians heard the bad news from their bureaucrats, they panicked. They rushed into the race of compliance, so that with a few exceptions like Sweden, political leaders worked in tandem with medical bureaucrats to enact highly restrictive rules on communities around the world, which have been highly restrictive on personal freedoms, onerous and punishing. So we’ve had “social distancing:” people prevented from travel internationally, and from gathering in groups, even in private homes, and even from visiting their neighbor, or their elderly, sick loved one.

And all on the basis of a falsely predicted fatality rate, that’s proven to be catastrophically inaccurate, out by a multiple of 15.

It’s easy for me to say this. I’m not a church leader. I don’t have responsibility for a large group of people. But church leaders anywhere and at all times, are obligated to ensure that their church is “…the pillar and support of the truth” (I Tim.3:15), not necessarily of government policy.

Do I believe that the whole Covid 19 debacle has been a conspiracy by the Chinese, or by the Imperial College, or medical bureaucrats, or governments around the world?

I haven’t made my mind up on this, but I do know this much: governments rarely care about the freedoms and protections for the individual. It simply isn’t on their radar. What is, is getting elected, next time around.

They will crawl over broken glass to try to ensure reelection happens, and if that happens to mean they are crawling over the smashed lives of individuals, their families and their businesses, well that’s life, for them.

This is how it’s been since Moses originally confronted Pharaoh. He responded to Moses, saying,

Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go (Ex.5:2).

When I look back at what governments in Australia have done in my lifetime, there have been precious few occasions when the community has really benefitted, but there have been a multiplicity of times when we’ve suffered as a result of deliberate government policy, and we still do. What’s changed?

The church has an obligation under God to guard individuals and families, and this immediately involves economics and business. If you’re not sure of that, think of “Thou shalt not steal” (Ex.20:15). If governments had any sense, they’d realize that society benefits as a whole when individuals, families and businesses do well. We call it “economic growth.”

I regret to say that church leaders haven’t done their job, and obeyed scripture. Whether its been intimidation, or a failure to understand their Biblical role, church leaders have not stood up, as they should have. And there have been serious and painful consequences, both for the church, and society.

And now, governments have been emboldened to continue with any socially restrictive policies, if they perceive it’s in their best interests to do so, and they can get away with it. For when the church is silent and obedient to the state while individuals and families are being steadily violated, the church simply asks for more of the same.

And without a fundamental change of attitude to how we think about the state, before long we’ll certainly get it.