Do not fear death. 3 April 2020

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There is a lot of fear out there, driven by the materialist idea that death is the end, that it is the end, and it always a cause of tragedy. Yes, we grieve for those who have died. Yes, we do not want pain and times of difficulties.

We have to remind ourselves that Paul was facing execution, in chains, as he wrote.

Philippians 1:21-30

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.

27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. 29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

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We are in the middle of a panic about COVID 19. People are trying to shut everything down to say lives: this is a form of quarantine — not at the border (where it works) or of infected families or communities but the entire country.

It is driven my fear. But we should instead concentrate on acting in a way worthy of Christ. God will call us when he will. Our job is to bear witness now, and have confidence. To be with Christ will be far better than the trials we have now.

If you concentrate on this world you will despair. Concentrate instead on God.