Pause and reflect: Bible-Presbyterian Church on how to respond to COVID-19
This Pastoral Word was issued by The Bible-Presbyterian Church in Singapore on February 14, 2020, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Salt&Light // February 14, 2020, 3:22 pm
The Bible-Presbyterian Church in Singapore's Pastoral Word reminds us: "God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7) Photo by Sean Koh.
We issue this pastoral word in the midst of concern, anxiety and fear over the novel corona virus which has infected more than 40,000 people and caused over 1,000 deaths.
We believe that “ … God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)
As people of sound mind, we take all necessary precautions to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbours. We support and cooperate with authorities on all steps taken for the common good, and eschew anything false, misleading or unhelpful we read or hear.
As people of love, our hearts and prayers go out to those who are affected, the bereaved, the sick and their families as well as healthcare personnel in the frontlines and researchers working on vaccine and cure. We eschew anything prejudicial against any nation or people since we are commanded by God to love all as He so loved the world.
As people of power, we take our stand as followers of Jesus to demonstrate peace where there is fear.
As people of power, we take our stand as followers of Jesus, the Lord over disease and death, to demonstrate peace where there is fear, hope where there is gloom, and the good news of the Gospel wherever and whenever it needs to be proclaimed and heard.
Finally, as the current epidemic brings much of life and activity to a pause, we take time to reflect on the greater virus of sin which has infected all without exception, and repent before God both personally and corporately that forgiveness and healing may be granted graciously to us.
“If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)
The Bible-Presbyterian Church in Singapore
14 February 2020