Honoring God Through Expressing Your Opinions

We all have opinions. Currently many in our nation are expressing feelings and frustrations in regards to federal, state, and local mandates concerning quarantining at home due to Covid-19. People are "ranting" on social media. People are staging protests. People are complaining. It was noted by Mayor Jamie Mayo of Monroe that one very vocal protester ended up getting Covid-19 herself...what an ironic twist! Freedom of speech is a protected right in our country, and yet is exercising our rights always best in furthering the purposes of God? I Corinthians 10:31 says, "Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." Just think if we applied that verse to every word we speak or action we take...it could greatly alter our words and actions.  Many times our emotional condition rather than God's Will controls what we say or do, and this could be potentially very harmful. So does this mean we should just keep all our feelings and concerns bottled up inside?

Absolutely not! In regards specifically to Covid-19, I Thessalonians 5:16-18 is a great passage with three simple commands: "Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." If you've suffered from death of a loved one or your finances have been negatively impacted due to the virus, these commands may seem very difficult.  Yet these verses were addressed to a group of people who were experiencing great trials and difficulties.  God's commands are not always easy to follow, but they are nonetheless still His commands, and they are given for our benefit as well as for God's glory. So here are some practical ways to apply these verses.

"Rejoice always" - "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose" (Rom.8:28). As He always has through history, He will somehow work to cause good to come from this terrible pandemic.

"Pray without ceasing" - rather than rant on Facebook, share your burdens with your life group or a friend in Christ, then have prayer together. Pray for our governmental officials, individually or in groups, that these officials may seek God's council in their decisions. Just imagine if you had the responsibility to protect people's lives? Our officials are in a tough spot. Pray for yourself and others who have been impacted financially. Pray that God would remove this scourge from the earth!

"In everything give thanks" - count your blessings, name them one by one. No matter what you're experiencing, God has blessed you so much! When you take time to remind yourself of all God has done for you, it really helps put everything in the proper perspective. May the Lord bless you and your family as you seek to glorify Him in these challenging times.