This morning began with a chuckle for me because I read a report that began by stating that Chuck Norris ( I am a fan) had died from Coronavirus. The article went on to say that he had made a full recovery from the "inconvenience" of death and coronavirus was now in 14 day isolation from being exposed to Chuck Norris.
While I am sure some will not see the humor in the story because of the seriousness of the present public health concerns, the article serves as indicator of the different ways folks are dealing with what is going on right now. Some are cowering in the corner in fear, some are defying all public health recommendations and thumping their chests in defense of the loss of their perceived individual rights. Some walk in gloom, some with optimism. Some look for reasons to cry, others seek to find laughter while we get through this.
Some also, in an effort to press their argument, make claims that are inaccurate. I read a social media post that basically stated that preventing the public gatherings for worship in church building was the same as outlawing the proclamation of the Gospel. That is just not so. The proclamation of the Gospel is not limited to what happens within the confines of our church building walls. However, the stated argument did bring to mind the need for effective communication. Peter tells us in 1Peter 14-15 [But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect] Putting Peter's exhortation to practice requires that we also seek clarity in our words.
Years ago, at a youth camp, the kids were playing "Bible smuggler" and the adults were assigned different roles. Pam was assigned to play a prison guard in a country that outlawed the proclamation of the gospel. When she was taking some kids to "make believe jail" one of the youth kept saying, "we want you to know that Jesus loves you" Pam responded by saying, "I am a respectable married woman, who is this Jesus that he would make a pass at me?" Pam went on to ask if they were so righteous, why would they violate the laws she was sworn to uphold. The kids (actually high school teens) were at a loss for words. It is important that when we share the Gospel, something that is not hampered by not meeting in our church building, we do so in a manner that those we speak to understand the message.
Have a blessed day sharing Christ in a clear and understandable manner.