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CLARITY – 5-20-20 When It Rains, It Pours

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-20-20

When It Rains, It Pours

What’s Happening: “This Wednesday, cyclone category-4 Amphan is due to hit the coast of India.  The last time a category-4 cyclone hit India (1999 cyclone Odisha), it killed nearly 10,000 people. By itself, bad news.  Except the country also reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases (almost 5,000) just Sunday. There was another 4,600 Monday. To date, India has reported over 100,000 cases with 3, 164 deaths..this wou;ld be bad enough, but social distancing requirements have reduced the effective maximum for evacuation centers from 500,000 to 200,000 (https://news.yahoo.com/india-hit-super-cyclone-same-111022940.html). Quoting from the Business Insider article:. ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority on Monday,according to The Times of India. The West Bengal government halted port operations and began evacuating people from the coast on Tuesday morning, the newspaper reported.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They just can’t seem to catch a break….”

Biblical Response:  “Being a predominantly Hindu country, I won’t encourage them to pray. Besides, to which of their over 300,000,000  gods do I direct them? Still, I can sympathize with them (Rom. 12:15). It’s time for Christians to shine. The sick and water-soaked can have some relief if the Christians will minister to them. In fact, this can give Christians a chance to shine (Matt. 5:13-16).”

“Most people’s theology wants to blame storms, plagues, etc. on the devil …and I’m sure he’ll take credit for it. Regardless, calamity gives us an opportunity to demonstrate love and servant-leadership. This will also give us an opportunity to share the Good News…in its time…sometimes a hungry person’s stomach is growling too loud to hear your testimony.”

“Christians? We believe that true love should be borne out by actions, not just words (John 13:35; 14:11). Remember the old Christian song: ‘They’ll Know We Are Cheristians By Our Love’?”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to care, whether it’s convenient or not; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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