“We are not closing places of worship. That’s where there is true healing. Corona is the devil and it cannot survive in the body of Jesus” (…) “People don’t argue, we’re too competitive. I pray to the Christian brothers and Tanzanians of all denominations, this is the best time to trust in God than ever, continue to work, continue to build our economy, we cannot surrender our corona disease and fail to trust God and fail to sustain our economy” – Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli
Mr. President these words your saying now isn’t words of wisdom. They are neither smart or wise. They are actually very stupid. As the world as we know is exercising social restraint or social distancing. That is a sport, which hopefully be a part of the next summer Olympics. However, until then, maybe it will be more respected.
To go to a service, prayer meeting or to “church”, usually means a solid amount people in a closed space. They are between closed doors and the preacher/reverent/prophet or priest in the front with a musician, choir and whatnot singing psalms, worship-songs or whatnot. This is being done to praise the lord and collectively redeem the souls and arm the body of Christ. Which in ordinary days are fine. It is golden, that people decides to do this.
However, by continuing this now is foolish. It is ragouts and dangerous. This is endangering the lives of the faithful. This is deceiving them. God gave them a mind and heart, they should use them both. God isn’t based in a building, but everywhere. Prayers can be done from wherever. Singing psalms and reading uplifting scriptures can be done from wherever. God isn’t in a box and only the clergy can reveal the facts of the scriptures. If they say so, they downplaying the Holy Ghost and the whole Trinity itself.
President Magufuli should beg for mercy. His is sending people into big gatherings in the midst of COVID-19 or Coronavirus. Endangering the faithful, the men of faith and the ones whose good Church people. The President is not stopping this or suspending these practices. Because, he believes his praising the devil by doing so. The devil is in the details and when you know something will harm the public. Than you stop it. Even when its usually unharmful. Usually going to church is causing no one harm, unless the local church is playing to high music and destroying people’s earholes while singing worships. That is a well-known phenomenon.
The President should reconsider, if he cares for these Christians and their faith. If he cares about their lives and souls. That is if he does. He should close these churches. Only temporarily. Not forever, but all public gatherings are open gates for transmitting the disease. When you know this, you should not engage it.
If your a Christian in Tanzania, you should defy your President and your clergy. Stay home and pray. Your born with a great mind, God gave it to you. Not for you to spoil it for the tithes of the Church. You are a person of faith, who deserve to live on and pass this pandemic. God can see you in your home and in your neighbourhood. You don’t need to travel to the church now. He see your heart and see your will. His the almighty for a reason and we just his servants.
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is”- Ephesians 5: 15-17 (New International Version).
Still, he gave us wisdom. We got to be faithful, but not naive. We shouldn’t risk our lives to pray together. God will understand. His the biggest big-man and know our struggles. He didn’t create church to make it a gate to funerals. Peace.