Last night we checked on family and on the way home learned from our Governor, Andy Beshear, of yet another death and more youth cases. I sat down at the computer to write this article, and again I could hear that sweet sound of my wife singing to our son. Tonight in a little more feeble and fearful voice. Again her 45 minute concert came to the song that reminds me of the virus we are facing. It seemed as if she was singing what the news was saying…
“Oh, be careful little feet where you go, hands what you touch, eyes what you see, ears what you hear, heart what you want…”
How amazing it is that the ideas in a little Sunday School song are being sent to save the world. Last time, we talked about the importance of Self Disinfecting. Wash your hands!… and your heart…. If you thought this would be a “God is Judging Us” article or a severely stretched portion of prophecy scripture predicting the virus… It’s not. However, the more I hear and read from the CDC to Fox News… I am convinced. We already KNOW what to do, it is just a matter of DOING it. Both physical and spiritual. Today, I would like to share some more lessons we learned in Sunday School that may help to counteract the coronavirus and strengthen us spiritually.
II. Social Distancing
The CDC has recommended that to prevent spread of the virus, we should practice social distancing. What is social distancing? Social distancing is a practice implemented by public health officials to keep contagious diseases from spreading. Experts believe the virus is mainly spread through droplets that come out of your mouth and nose. When an infected person speaks or exhales or coughs or sneezes, the droplets travel about 3 to 6 feet before gravity pulls them to the ground. These droplets could otherwise be inhaled or land in the mouths or noses of those nearby.Put simply, the idea is to maintain a distance (in this case, at least six feet) between you and other people (who may be ill). www.cdc.gov
In order to prevent the spread of the virus, we are urged to distance ourselves from people and places that may have been exposed to the infection. If we know someone has it or a business or institution has been exposed, we are to stay away. I may love those people, I may long for those places, but for my safety and well being, I must distance myself. While the term used by medicine and media is social distancing, Christians know all about this practice: spiritually we call this Separation. The Bible speaks thoroughly about the need for Christians to separate from the people, places and things of the world.
I John 2:15-16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Sin is a plague, that like coronavirus is highly contagious and deadly. The world, the Devil and even our own flesh work to expose us to the deadly virus of sin. We must love people as God does (John 3:16) and our flesh may long for those places and things of worldliness and carnality. However, We must practice “Spiritual Distancing” which means staying away from, avoiding, turning from, departing, forsaking, removing, abstaining… etc. To stay spiritually healthy, we must “come out from among them, and be ye separate”.
II Cor 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
This principle is being practiced right now socially. If I know a business has had 4 cases of coronavirus, I am not frequenting that business. If I know someone has tested positive for the virus, I am NOT going to hang around them. It is not that I don’t like the business or the people, however I must separate for my own health and well being. The list of places, people and “Social Distancing” restrictions keeps growing because the spreading of the virus. The same is true with my spiritual health. If I want to be spiritually healthy, there are many people, places and things I must separate from. Here are a few…
Unbelievers, The Unrighteous, Infidels:
II Cor 6:14-18
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
The Wicked, The Evil, The Foolish
Pro 4:14-15 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
Prov 24:1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them
Prov 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Prov 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
Notice the verbage, “enter not, go not in the way, avoid, pass not by, turn from, pass away, be not envious, neither desire to be with them, forsake, abstain”
Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Filthiness, Heathens, The World, Works of the Flesh, Works of Darkness, Satanic Works
Ezra 6:21 And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the Lord God of Israel, did eat,
2 Cor 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Gal 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
Romans 13:14 Eph 5:11 I Cor 10:20-21
Fornicators, Covetous, Cheaters, Drunkards,
I Cor 5:9-11I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.1
Heretics, False Doctrine, False Teachers, Divisive Spirits, Corrupt Communications
Titus 3:10-11 2 John 1:10 Romans 16:17 Prov 17:14 Prov 29:8
I Cor 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
The Selfish, The Proud, The Disobedient, The Unthankful, The Unholy, The Unloving, Liars, Despisers of Good, Quitters, Rebels, Fakes, The Deceitful
2 Tim 3:2-5
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Psalm 43:1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
The Sensual, Fornication, Evil Seducers, Temptation,
1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
Proverbs 2:16 Proverbs 5:8 Proverbs 7:5 I Cor 7:1 Acts 15:20
This is a long list, but so is list of places closed. So is the list of people that are quarantined. Why? Because we want those businesses to fold, because we hate those people… NO. But the virus that is possible to be spread must be contained and we must distance ourselves from AS MUCH EXPOSURE AS POSSIBLE. My friend, that is exactly what Biblical Separation does. It helps to distance ourselves from sin that is spread by the world, the flesh and the devil. Look at the list of people, places and things that God has said for us to distance ourselves. If we are willing to follow CDC recommendations, should we not more faithfully follow God’s commands. We are commanded to Spiritually Distance ourselves from the world.