These Days of Social Distancing

Dr. Eiji Minami, M.D.

Vol 4, No. 6

How is everyone in the World Church Affirmation Sabbath circle doing in these days of social distancing?  Do you feel isolated?  Do you miss seeing your fellow believers every Sabbath?  Covid-19 has certainly caused physical scattering among us, separating us from our friends and family.

 

Malachi 3:16 says, “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and hear it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.”

 

This passage is describing the fellowship among God’s faithful people in the midst of the persistent and blatant apostasy of Judah.  Few and far between they probably felt just as socially distanced spiritually as we are physically now.  They often spoke one to another, speaking encouraging words with testimonies of silent lives of holiness and devotion, gently correcting one another’s faults and failings, reminding one another of the promises of God, trusting in the ultimate triumph of God in accomplishing His purpose.  They feared the LORD in the sense that they feared to have anything that would distance them from the LORD they had come to love so much.

 

They also thought upon His name day and night.  They did not dwell upon the dark side of their experience, not dwelling on and not contending or correcting the corruptions that were rampant in the land.   And the LORD took special notice of them, and their conversation was recorded in the book of remembrance.

 

Ellen G. White says,

“If we thought and talked more of Jesus, and less of ourselves, we would have much more of His presence.  If we abide in Him, we shall be so filled with peace, faith, and courage, and shall have so victorious an experience to relate when we come to meeting, that others will be refreshed by our clear, strong testimony for God. These precious acknowledgements to the praise of the glory of His grace, when supported by a Christlike life, have been an irresistible power, which works for the salvation of souls.” SW March 7, 1905, par. 6

 

Do you find yourself discouraged and feel at a loss in the midst of your church where it seems to be overwhelmed with the tide of contemporary culture and philosophy of man?  Do you find yourself wondering what would happen to God’s remnant church?  It is time to fear the LORD and worship Him.  It is time to dwell more on Jesus and become positively charged for the good of ourselves as well as for the good of others around us.

 

Covid-19 has brought us many negative thoughts.  There are a number of conspiracy theories, even to the point of denying the reality of Covid-19.  Many religious leaders including the Pope have mentioned the judgment of God, which we cannot deny.  But, at the same time this line of reasoning is exactly how the Sunday law will be introduced, placing the blame on those who do not keep the Sunday holy contrary to the majority’s wish.  The privacy of the citizens has been forever lost even to a greater degree than after 9-11.

 

But, to us who are waiting for the coming of the Lord, the redemption has drawn near.  After all, we have been warned of all these things coming before the end of time.  In fact, as the Bible tells us and science also predicts, calamities will come at a greater frequency and severity as the time progresses.  Yes, we will go through some time of trouble, as a woman in child bearing.  But, for the joy that is set before us, we shall endure.  All these only tell us that the time of the Lord’s appearing is near, even at the door.  It is a reason to rejoice!  “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”  Isaiah 25:9

 

We look forward to the day when we will be together with our Lord and with our friends and family in God’s kingdom never to be separated from one another - no more social distancing!