by Rev. Benjamin Chung (鍾立恆牧師)
I spoke to an Australian pastor recently about COVID-19. He was on a mission trip in the Philippines, which is currently very hard hit. He recalls sitting on a bus with many people coughing and sneezing all over him. Then, when he got back to Australia, he said he had the worst “flu” he ever experienced. He believes he had COVID-19 because he suffered all the symptoms.
It is clear that this virus is making its way around the globe. It is a reminder that our world is a lot smaller than we think, by the way a virus can travel and cross continents through human interactions, for the most part. My pastor friend also pointed out that we need to be prepared not only spiritually for Jesus’s return, but also the responsibility we have as family members and even my responsibility to care for my family as a father and husband. The passage he cited was, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8 ESV).
An important question we must ask ourselves is this, “How responsible have we been with our worldly resources?” “Are we prepared for the ‘Shelter in Place’ ordered by our city of SF and neighboring counties?” At this point in time, we are to shelter until 4/7. But school might not resume until much longer. How prepared are we in taking care of our children? Our finances? Do we have a rainy-day fund in place? Will your mortgage still be taken care of? The responsible believer is to be prepared to enter into God’s presence at any moment. At the same time, the responsible believer is to be prepared for unknown circumstances and still allow the Holy Spirit to work in the present situation.
This said, it is important that if we are not prepared, we need to start making preparations immediately—but without hoarding. In addition, if basic necessities are in need, please do voice out needs to those around you and even the church leaders. This is how we weather the storm together—by coming together in the midst of need. This is one of the important aspects of the local church. We are a family and we help one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. He shed his blood for us, and we are to shed our blood for others. God bless and may he help us through these testing! Stay strong in Christ Jesus!
我們必須問自己的一些重要問題，例如：我們對父神給我們在世上的資源負有多大責任？ 我們在三藩市灣區的「封城」做了多少準備？暫時，我們要封城至4 月7 日，但是學校可能還要等多時才能恢復。，我們如何做好照顧孩子的準備？我們的財務狀況如何？我們有雨天基金（為不時之需的存款）嗎？您能繼續供屋或交租嗎？作為信徒我們更要隨時準備耶穌第二次來臨，同時，一個負責任的信徒也要為未知的情況做好準備，隨時預備讓聖靈工作的來臨。