If you've ever watched a main event UFC fight you have certainly heard the phrase "It's Time" by Bruce Buffer. You just know that when you hear those words something big, something amazing is going to happen next. I woke up this morning with those two words in my head not because of any event on the horizon but because truthfully, I'm a little ticked off.
I don't know about anyone else but I'm tired of hiding out, having church online, getting my scriptures from the pulpit of Instagram and seeing the 1st amendment treated like an unnecessary addition to the Denny's carry out menu. As I write this it's been over 2 months since I've gone to church, gone to school, gone to the mall, gone to the beach or gone anywhere really. My wife and I used to laugh at our dogs as we would ask them if they wanted to go for a car ride and we'd see them turning circles and spinning happily in anticipation. Sadly, most of us have become dogs (during this lockdown) in the sense we lay around all day hoping our "master" will take us for a walk outside today. I think most men will appreciate this but I've even taken my wife to Lowes during the lockdown. She actually wanted to come. It's sad but it's true, we've become like sheep, but who is the master we're listening to?
In today's society being a Christian is often viewed as offensive. It's so offensive that the democrat party removed all references to God from their political plank a few years back. It's so offensive that people have been arrested for simply praying in front of an abortion clinic. It's so offensive that a dues paying member was kicked out of Planet Fitness twice for wearing shirts that referenced praying. The root word of offensive is offense and I think the church, its leaders and its congregants need to now go on offense. We need to take a stand and retake our right to meet and assemble any darn way we please. God doesn't need anyone to tell Him what to do. If you want to social distance yourself away from God do it at your own peril but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
It's time to go back to life in whatever way a person determines. You can't live in a bubble and God never intended for us to live in fear of a virus that has a 99% cure rate. I'm not making light of anyone who has suffered and died as a result of the virus anymore than I would of someone who died of cancer, a car accident, a stroke, heart disease etc. We are all going to die someday, we can't outrun it, out exercise it, out nutrition it, out anything it in terms of living one more day than what God has proclaimed over us. It's time to fear God and be in awe of Him because life is short and it'll be our "time" before we know it. How much longer are we going to allow our church leaders to sit on their hands instead of lead us through the exercising of our rights to worship? It's time.