Social Isolation - What You Can Do
June 30, 2020
What does it mean to live as God’s Kingdom people during these times of re-opening our social interactions and activities?
"do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." (Phl 4:6-8 ESV)
As we ease back into re-opening our social interactions and activities, we can use proactive, thankful prayer to relieve our anxiety and proceed with faith in God’s promises. We can also choose to manage our thoughts by choosing to focusing on those things that are positive instead of negative.
Dealing with authorities over us:
Unless our authorities ask us to choose between obeying a clear command of God or obeying man(Acts 5:27-29), we are called to the following concerning those God has placed in authority:
"Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people." [Tit 3:1-2 ESV]
As we ease back into re-opening our social interactions and activities, these are some great words to live by!
If we do feel that a government authority is being unjust, there is no excuse to gossip, criticize, condemn, or complain. However, we have several examples where people of God made respectful appeals through the proper channels:
Esther (Esther 7:1-6, 8:3-6)
Daniel (Daniel 1:8-16)
Paul (Acts 25:8-11)
Concerning disagreement on issues of conscience or debatable matters among believers:
As we ease back into re-opening our social interactions and activities, Romans 14 is a great “love chapter” on how to approach this area by:
- In your own conscience, come to a sense of faith between you and God on how to proceed (Romans 14:22-23)
- Show mutual respect for differences in conscience and not passing judgment on others(Romans 14:4)
- Don’t be a stumbling block to your brother or sister in how you handle your conviction (Romans 14:13)
- Pursue what makes for peace and mutual building up (Romans 14:19)