I have read some on twitter and other social media sites where people have said that churches that have obeyed the government and suspended meeting together until this virus is under control are bowing down to Caesar. Some say that this is exactly what the enemy wants.
Let’s look what the word of God says. We see in Romans 13:1–2 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. What does it say? “those (authorities) which exist are established by God.“
First of all they are not saying we can’t worship God and preach Christ. That may come at some time in the future, but not here and now. They are saying we can’t meet together, because it’s a health risk, especially for our older folks. We are in a pandemic people!
“Christians should be the very best citizens in times of trouble.”~Derek Thomas from Ligoneer
Peter echos Paul’s words. Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. 1 Peter 2:13-17
Many seem to think they have a responsibility to submit to authority only as long as they agree with it, or as long as it is fair in their eyes, or as long as it does not require too much inconvenience. Bryan Chapell. Titus Commentary, Crossway, 200, p. 357.
Churches who have suspended their meetings are doing what is right in the eye’s of God! Instead of demanding our rights, let’s use this time to get closer to God!
The apostle Paul has some great advice for us. Colossians 3:12-17
… and that’s a beautiful thing!