Evangelist Franklin Graham shared some encouraging words for pastors in the U.S in response to COVID-19 on the Ben Shapiro Show Sunday
The Christian Post reports that Graham told Shapiro “we can’t slow down” when asked how he, his family and organization are doing in the pandemic.
Despite Easter Sunday, many churches have shut down following social distancing guidelines and being deemed as “non-essential” by state and local governments.
However, “we need to obey those in authority. That’s what the Bible teaches,” responded Graham, son of the late evangelical leader Billy Graham.
“The churches are not shut down,” he continued. “I think more people are attending online services than they did when they were meeting in person.”
Graham emphasized that the Church “needs to continue to be the Church.” “But I’d just encourage pastors across the country to obey those that are in authority.
And I think that’s what the congregations would expect us to do,” he said, calling the virus very infectious and deadly. “Especially for those who have underlying health issues, this could be a death sentence,” he added. Graham, who is also the CEO and president of humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse, also noted the work the organization is doing in New York and the aid the group has sent to Italy. As Christian Headlines previously reported , last month, Samaritan’s Purse opened a 68-bed emergency field hospital in northern Italy to help the medical system in the fight against COVID-19. Graham affirms that Samaritan’s Purse’s mission is to, in the name of Jesus, show that God cares for His people “and has not turned His back on them.” Despite criticisms for being pro-life and holding traditional views on marriage, the group continues to serve people with love and compassion, “no matter who they are.” “We’re […]
Commentary by Unreal Post
As America deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, our leaders regardless if they are saved or not, regardless of political affiliation they are making decisions “on the whole” for the safety and benefit of everyone.
Until the time comes when our government makes laws or decrees that are complete opposition to the Word of God we are to submit ourselves to our Government.
In Romans 13:3-5, we have the reason why we have a government?
‘For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. ‘
It is crystal clear that believers are to subject themselves to our government because they are placed in their positions by God Himself.