‘It has brought a new sense of life into our spiritual life and journey as the Christian community comes together to pray and uphold each other and most importantly, the front-liners who put their lives in harm’s way for others, hidden from that media blitz, talk-shows, image fronting and personality cult building!’
REMAIN CLOSED COUNCIL OF CHURCHES STATEMENT LAUDED SAYS MALAYSIAN ASEAN APEC CONSUMERIST!
I must applaud the statement by the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM), that churches under its umbrella will remain closed until the conditional movement control order (CMCO) is lifted!
Dear friend, fellow theologian and CCM’s general secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri’s statement that CCM will only allow churches to open if there is assurance from the Ministry of Health that Covid-19 no longer poses a threat to the general public is a great call.
This is not the time for political expediency and playing to the gallery of interest groups and one’s political base!
It is shocking when we witness what can be stated as different strokes and action with different folks!
And we cannot but be glad that in these circumstances we have a calm view from the CCM that the council will decide judiciously when the time comes.
Priority is certainly the safety of our people as our paramount spiritual duty.
The government is advising but are the people listening?
Looking at the recent scenario at various epicenters, the irresponsibility of communities not adhering to government guidelines there is that fear and anxiety, the possibility of spikes post this festivity adventurism, careless and cavalier attitudes, that cross state border runs, the double standards and vague interpretation, the presence of millions of documented and undocumented foreigners and since the country’s situation is still very precarious and volatile in view the Wuhan virus @Covid 19 – this is the best decision to be taken by the CCM!
Actually personally speaking this lock-down has indeed facilitated believers to pray and worship at their respective homes.
Now with online streaming offered, for the worship service on Sundays, worship has indeed become more meaningful.
It has brought a new sense of life into our spiritual life and journey as the Christian community comes together to pray and uphold each other and most importantly, the front-liners who put their lives in harm’s way for others, hidden from that media blitz, talk-shows, image fronting and personality cult building!
I am certain that the CCM will have additional rules for its churches when they reopen in the future, taking into cognizance international, national and state SOPs.