by: Rich Vaughan
Early into the COVID Virus event and the year 2020 we talked about how God would bring good out of bad. Now 6 months later where do we stand? There is no doubt this has been a difficult year. The politics and the protests have almost pushed the COVID issue to a back burner. People on both sides are so ready for political ads, the election and COVID to be done. So is there any good coming out of this time?
I would say yes. If you look you can see positive things happening. There are images of Biden & Trump supporters on social media that show their supporters reaching across dividing lines talking and shaking hands with each other – agreeing, politely, to disagree. Recently the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor in Utah recorded a joint video where they did not attack each other but simply said “here are my ideas of how I would govern Utah”! It did not receive much news coverage but to me it was a mini-miracle in a year of angry politics.
There is good news from the church front. You might recall that the Greek word for church is “ecclesia.” It translates, “the called out ones”. The Greeks used the word to apply to those people “called out” of the general population to serve on their legislative bodies. The early Christians picked up the word and used it to apply to those people who were “called out” of the population to believe in, and to follow Jesus. That is us. And as the “called out” followers of Jesus, we the church have found in these last 6 months many effective ways to touch lives and to share the gospel. 2020 has forced the church to change and to remember that just like the early Christian church, church is not a brick or wooden building on the corner of First and Main Street in Downton Jerusalem, or Rome. Just like when it began, the church are people who are called out to show and share Jesus however we can. The church is finding everyday new ways to reach people and share the gospel. Some of those ways are simply taking things we have always done and tweaking them to fit the demands of this year. So, Sunday School is still offered. The Word is shared in so many ways through media that it is amazing! Youth have found ways to meet, children have found ways to have VBS and children’s church, the choir is figuring out a way to sing, the Bells are playing, ByGrace is worshiping, and we are getting ready to have 2 indoor worship services (with CDC restrictions). The list goes on.
So has God brought any good out of this insane year? I think when you reflect, consider, and ponder you realize that God has indeed done wonders again in bringing good out of bad. Amen? Amen.