Super Spreaders

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” Acts 5:27-32.

Peter, John, and the other disciples were filling Jerusalem with the message that the man that had just been crucified was not only raised from the dead, but was actually the Messiah. This upset the religious rulers greatly. They thought that killing Jesus would end His popularity. Instead, He was reported as risen again and had further ascended into Heaven. And now He was being multiplied as miracles continued and the forgiveness of sins was preached in His name. Quick! Make this illegal!

During the covid-19 outbreak, the church got to decide if a little civil disobedience was in order when some state and local governments decided to tell us we could not come together to worship in our sanctuaries. Most congregations agreed to go along and moved their services online. A few bucked the order and made the news. Fewer still decided to go full super spreader and take the Gospel outside. This level of obedience to God is a pretty novel idea, and I hope it catches on.

If you are more afraid of the virus or the government than you are of God, you need to reconsider. We have been under orders to spread the Gospel contagion for about 2,000 years, and if it takes being locked out of your building to get you to do it, so be it. If we had done that, the authorities would have begged us to go back inside.

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