After another dose of micro regulation, Kea and I talked. I have done what I can to advocate within my roles. The government will do whatever it does, and we have to consider it as yet another risk, like fear, flood and earthquake.
So we discussed what we need to do.
- Continue to give to our congregation. Most of the giving is being funneled into food packets for the most poor. We are facing significant unemployment when this is over. I don't believe one should give directly. Let the church be the storehouse, and let us get on with making a living.
- Take the opportunities that come up. There will be gaps, and we will be able to help in them.
- Hunker Down. I know that there are those who say we should spend. We have -- on needed things. But wants? One of the cars I have wanted for years is for sale, underpriced, and I said "No". Aim for a rich garden and assets and debt away from the bank
There are many who have fear in this time, but fear is not of God. Trust, instead is of God, and he is the only authority we should rely on. This would mean that I need to spend more time on my knees, and a lot less time watching Pravda One, for it tells sweet lies useful to the ruling caste.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.
This leads me to the second half of our conversation. Difficult times test us, and refine us. You can't run a marathon quickly with a 20 kilogram pack on your back, and we have accreted too much stuff to the gospel. We need to pare back and preach Christ crucified. We will be able to grow the church despite any restrictions and micro regulations that the government has.
For all governments end, but the word of God will remain. Trust in him, and accept that this is a time for prayer and letting go of the lies that have comforted you. In Christ alone we have surety.