Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4:6-7
A letter from BCSU’s director regarding the Coronavirus
Jesus is sitting on the throne! This has not changed - nor will it ever! This is the good news that our Bible declares triumphantly and which we chose to believe and proclaim! The fact of Jesus’ reign gives us a right perspective and changes how we view everything we experience on a daily basis as well as the catastrophes of the world. Let us not forget this good news or take our eyes off of Jesus these days.
Having said this, we need to live in this world with both faith in God and with wisdom. Particularly at this moment with the raging Coronavirus we need to be people of wisdom and faith. In this short letter I would like to give a few thoughts and share with you a few decisions that BCSU have needed to make.
First and most importantly, we need not live in panic and fear. The world has always had sickness and we know that this will continue until Jesus the Christ returns and renews all things. We must live in these days, like we do every other moment, with faith that Jesus is in control, that He is good, and most importantly, that this world is not our home. The situations that we face today are a great opportunity for us to share with others the hope we have in Christ and invite them into living hope, which the world desperately needs and can find nowhere else outside of the gospel.
We also live in the world and must be good and godly neighbors. Our government has required that we not organize national and international events at this time in order to contain the problem and we will comply with this. This has meant that we will have to postpone our “Come and See” festival for a later date and that we will have to cancel this year’s Graduate Retreat. These decisions were not made lightly but we believe that we are doing what is best at this time.
However, on a local level our small group meetings will continue! We advise you during this period to take into consideration a few things:
If you are sick or think you might be getting sick, please stay at home and also consider getting professional medical help. Write to the people in your group and we will be praying for you.
In the group meetings, let’s make sure to practice good (and common sense) hygiene. Wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze, and avoid lots of close contact. The hosts of the meetings will serve us and themselves well as they spend a few extra minutes for more thorough cleaning and disinfecting the meeting places.
Let’s spend time praying for the people we know are ill. Let’s also pray for our witness during this period and discuss how we can live and share our hope.
We might also want to think creatively about how we can serve our colleagues and communities at this moment. The first Christians saw great growth during some of the harshest moments of human history as they radically served the sick and the needy with faith in Christ while the rest of the world lived in absolute fear. We can and should take them as our model.
I end this letter as I began it with the good news that Jesus is sitting on the throne and is in control. We can have great confidence in this message.
BCSU's National Director