There are several ways in which Christianity and Covid restrictions intersect, as I understand it:
Violations of freedom of religion
During the 2020 lockdowns, churches were forced to be closed as “non-essential” even though liquor stores, abortion clinics, casinos, and Wal-Marts were allowed to be open.
Two Bible verses come to mind:
“Many does not live by bread alone,” said Jesus, “but by the living word of God” (Matt. 4:4). The practice of faith is not “not-essential.”
Hebrews 10:25 says “do not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” St. Paul wrote that to remind people to go to church and remain united as Christians.
We need church services to practice faith together, and to perform sacraments. Yes, one can pray alone, but there is something irreplaceable about the fellowship of the church that ‘zoom’ (online service) cannot approximate either.
On an anthropological level, we are embodied creatures and need to perform embodied sacred rituals.
Churches were shut down due to the prejudice of secular society. Globalists have a deep antipathy towards true Christianity, which they regard as their nemesis. They often deny this but their actions speak louder than words. In their honest moments, they express a deep hatred of Christianity.
The livelihoods of all those workers who were forced home were essential to those people. The state does not have a moral or legal right to violate freedom of assembly, speech, and religion — yet it did so anyway in violation of our constitutional rights.
Hypocritically, Marxist BLM rallies were allowed while Christian pastors were arrested, which revealed that lockdowns were not really about public health; they were being used to punish and isolate and divide people.
This had some similarities to the persecution of Christians in other times and places (e.g., the first three centuries under Roman rule, and today in Communist and Islamist regimes). In past articles, I’ve made this comparison.
While lockdowns destroyed many churches and many lax Christians left the church, and the lockdowns decimated church membership, it also proved a test of faith for committed Christians. It has provided an opportunity for the true church to grow.
Persecution has always been a test of faith that helped the true church grow by pruning away those of little faith. As the early church father Tertullian said, “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.”
“Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:10)
In 2020 the church was tested by lockdowns. Now it’s being tested by medical segregation, as churches are required to register attendees and wear masks, which is very similar to Communist China (where churches must abide by the state’s rules).
Some churches and theologians have already failed the test in two ways: (i) by urging the church to promote Covid ‘vaccines’ and (ii) by imposing a vaccine passport for entry into church services.
Early Christians did not shy away from lepers. Physical disease is not wrong, to be shunned. And the unvaccinated are not even diseased; we are only treated as though we were.
Our role in the church is to open the door to all people with an open heart: “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” (John 6:37)
As I have discussed in past articles, taking the jab is potentially fatal at worst; at best, it doesn’t work and is being used to divide and conquer the world. The so-called Covid ‘vaccine’ has no real medical value. Medically it’s a dud; politically it’s been successful only in imposing authoritarianism.
I have compiled some evidence that vaccine mandates and passports have nothing to do with public health (11 reasons).
From both a Christian and ethical perspective, it’s ethically wrong to segregate, dehumanize and scapegoat others – which these mandates and vaccines are doing.
The true role of the church is to accept everyone into the body of Christ, no matter their race, age, nationality, vaccination status, or any other arbitrary distinction. If God’s heart is open to all, what right does the church have to close its doors?
The unvaccinated does not transmit the disease any more than the vaccinated, so this discrimination doesn’t even have medical merit.
For churches to perform the role of the state in imposing medical fascism surely must be a sin — even idolatrous, insofar as worship of the state is idolatrous.
Now the state wants to sacrifice children by imposing mRNA shots on them that are harmful to them and which they don’t need. I have compared this is a past article to the sacrifice of children to Baal in the Old Testament.
Helping others by serving as an example of faith in times of trial
The whole world is suffering medical tyranny at this time. This is a one-sided war on humanity by globalists and Communists. People need help coping with it. Faith, which gives people courage and hope in the worst of times, is the best medicine.
We can serve as an example to others by calling on God for the strength to face all that Satan, acting through a tyrannical state, may throw at us.
What can we expect to happen next? There is a danger of isolation camps. Germany and Austria have fallen: there are lockdowns on unvaccinated, who are increasingly dehumanized, made jobless, and scapegoated.
Things will probably get worse. I won’t provide false hope. We can pray for relief, but sometimes we are given great tests for a reason.
Nothing can be as bad as what Christians martyrs went through in early Rome. If they could retain their faith facing lions or as they burned alive, so can we.
We should remember that Jesus was scapegoated by the Pharisees. He revealed to the world that it was wrong to do that to others. His Great Commandment tells us to love one another. We can do that by following His example of courage, hope, love, and faith in the face of adversity.
There is a growing freedom movement that Christians should join and add their voice to, but we can’t count on it to succeed politically. We must be prepared for the worst and think of it as a test of faith. Job’s faith was tested. He went through the worst tribulations and lamented the day of his birth, but he never lost faith in God.
What, as Christians, are we called to do exactly? For one, it is not the church’s role as that of persuading people to get vaccinated with experimental drugs that have been known to harm people — yet we see churches doing this. It’s wrong.
Rather, we should side with the afflicted – the unvaccinated in this case – as Jesus did in his day. He said, “What you do to the least of my brothers and sisters you do also to Me.” (Matthew 25:40).
Right now, the unvaccinated are isolated, many are depressed, some have committed suicide or attempted it, some are scolded by family members and friends, some losing their jobs — all for exercising their God-given right of freedom of medical choice.
We are told our body is a temple (1 Cor. 6:19). Why would we pollute it with spiked proteins that have no medical value, and can cause harm, and have been produced using fetal cell lines?
Why is the state doing this to us? We are face to face with evil: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph. 6:12)
That is why we need God’s help in this struggle. By ourselves cannot succeed. With God’s help, we cannot fail.
Recognize idolatry; resisting the scapegoating and dehumanizing of others
The true church is one that takes the Christian mission seriously. The false church is one that seeks to corrupt faith with false allegiances.
What we are up against is Communism in a new form. The church was divided before 2020 over various issues. Covid is just another opportunity for cultural Marxists to attack Christians from within.
They are wary of Christians because Leftism is an idolatrous religion that sees true Christianity as a threat and tries to belittle it. The church has been corrupted from within by Leftism. We will see this manifest in churches that recommend the jab and require vaccine passports for entry.
Leftists believe themselves morally superior, which is the sin of pride. They are now dividing people in a new way, through the misuse of science: medical segregation. Previously they used class, race, gender previously.
Our task is to help remind them (and ourselves) that we are all human beings, that God loves everyone, no matter who they are or what they’ve done. We ought not to dehumanize others by seeing them reductively only in terms of vaccine status.
It will get worse, which is why our role as Christians should be as representatives of Jesus’ mission to this world by following the Great Commandment in Mark 12, which has two parts:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” [And] “Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Prepare for the worst in this life; cultivate hope for the Kingdom of Heaven
This is a battle of good vs. evil. It is a tribulation, our test of faith. It is our hour to shine as Christians, to follow the example of Christ.
What would Jesus do? He would love all people unconditionally. He would invite everyone to the Kingdom of Heaven, which is not of this world. We can look forward to a better place after death.
On Earth, it will get worse, much worse. They will seize children. They are trying to corrupt children ideologically. There will be growing isolation camps. We will see the rise of violence and persecution.
But all of this is an opportunity for the growth of the church, for a revival. It’s already happening through Pentacostlaism, Messianic Judaism. We may be in End times – we know not the hour.
St. Paul’s words to the early churches are just as applicable today as then:
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.” – Romans 8:18-24
This is a complex passage, but what we can take from it is the idea that no matter how much suffering and conflict there is in the world, something greater awaits us: the Kingdom of God. This Creation is fractured, broken. As St. Paul says, it is groaning in pain, as in the pains of childbirth, awaiting the coming of the Kingdom.
These tribulations will pass and we will be saved by grace through faith in Christ. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not the angels of heaven, but the Father alone” (Matt. 24:36) Until that day, our task is to be representatives of Christ.
In this context, I believe that means not letting the state stop the church from fulfilling its mission, which requires churches to continue. That requires not succumbing to medical segregation and other forms of medical fascism.
It also means cultivating an inner disposition of patience, love, and kindness – towards those who might persecute us. As Jesus said, “if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” (Matt. 5:46)