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Pastoral Letter (Psalm 51)
God is good, and during the Covid19 lockdown I have had the chance to do two things that are important to me. One is to start to “Lernen Deutsch” with Mareike so that “Ich kann mit meiner Familie sprechen,” (I can speak with my family in German). And the other is to read and meditate on God’s Word by reading the Bible from the beginning to the end with a section a night.
From this reading I now use one particular Psalm as a nightly prayer – Psalm 51. This is because in this Psalm I see all elements for prayer, and through this great Psalm of King David, I am reminded that the most important element during this time of lockdown is to be close to God and to seek His face. This Psalm helps me to do that because it is the language of the repentant and broken spirit within me, that allows me to be humble and thankful to Him for His Salvation, and to be submissive to His Word. This is also true when I am learning German as I need to be humble, patient, and have a teachable spirit to learn the language well.
This I also believe is where the Church needs to return back to today. I say this because what I have noticed on social media recently are some disturbing arguments over wearing masks or not during this time. It seems that what is filling the minds, even of some Christians, is to argue using scripture for their reasons not to wear a mask. They are so consumed in this mindset, that they have become blind to the reality that we are protecting our own lives, and the lives of other people. They also ignore the fact that we need to protect our brothers and sisters on the frontline of our medical care, who are fighting to save peoples lives on a daily basis.
Now I will admit, I do not like wearing a mask, but as a responsible Son of the King I am accountable if I ever caught Covid19 or if I gave it to someone else. It is my responsibility to be humble, patient, and have a teachable spirit, that is willing to let what I think is right for the sake of other people go. It is not for me to be self-centred, only thinking of myself and my wants or concerns.
In the Church community it is the responsibility of us all to lead the way in these times, so that we are the forefront and the difference to the world around us. Because today we have a unique opportunity to stand up and proclaim the Gospel to a world that needs answers. The Church should be focusing on “rebuilding the walls” out of lockdown so that we can be there for the people in need. Our challenge is not mundane reasoning whether to wear a mask or not. The true challenge for the Church is to take our walk with the Lord seriously, and after this pandemic be open pastorally for the sick, the broken, and the lost who need Christ. Today people need believers to stand up and give an answer about the hope that we have in Christ. They do not need to observe Christians debating pointless arguments demonstrating pride and not the willingness to learn.
God is good, and just like Him sending Nehemiah to rebuild the walls in Jerusalem, He also sends other people with gifts and talents to build up the spiritual temple which is our true home. And just like He sent Ezra into Jerusalem, He sends us His Word so that we can study it and learn the true language of the Bible, and say along with King David: “I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.” I often wonder in these last days, ‘Do we need to be more intentional of coming out of the World and start following the real Christ?’ Amen.
Troy, Joseph & Peter
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Praise is an act of obedience from us to our creator. This can come through reading our Bibles and spending time with God. It can come through prayer, and it can come through Music. The Hymn Praise to the Lord, the Almighty reminds us to praise and draw near to our Redeeming Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.