What’s the Christian Response to ALL these Crisis?

Advisory

CEN Advisory 5.28.20
Phoenix,  AZ

What’s the Christian Response to ALL these Crisis?


Read below to hear what Christian experts are saying in regards to the current crisis and learn suggested next steps to be aware, be ready and be there. Download two FREE guides to get you started.
1. Be Aware

In addition to facing a global COVID19 pandemic causing 100,000 fatalities in the U.S. alone, which is also crippling our economy leaving many homeless and without the basic necessities of life, we are now facing looting, burning, and protests following the horrific death of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis, MN. We are moved with great compassion for the Floyd family, the Minneapolis community, and for our nation. We would be disingenuous as believers if we don’t ask God…. How should I, as a Christian, respond to these ever-increasing crises?  

“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?" 
Micah 6:8 NASB
 
CEN is closely monitoring the MN situation, consulting with federal, state and local partners in law enforcement, ministry leaders, and awaiting the investigations in Minnesota to be completed. The CEN National Team is asking all partners nationwide to pray for the truth to be revealed and for justice to be served; for our hearts to be moved to care for those are hurting with His love and compassion; and for us to walk humbly together sharing the Light and Love of Christ Jesus. 

Dr. Willie McLaurin
, Vice President for Great Commission Relations and Mobilization of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee says:

 
“Our hearts are broken for the family of George Floyd and the greater Minnesota community.   The Minnesota/Wisconsin State Convention and their ministry partners are working to address matters.  The Minnesota event is layered on top of other national events.  These issues are multi-layered and further reveal systemic and cultural IQ challenges in the United States. In fact,  in the same news cycle was the disturbing event  that took place in Central Park.  Thank God for the eye witness of cellphone cameras that captures these events.  It begs the question how many of these events have taken place, but were not recorded.  Our office continues to be encouraged by the partnership with CEN to communicate reliable threats that are received from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.”

Only God knows why He birthed CEN twenty years ago. Clearly, He had this day in mind for Christians to “Be Aware, Be Ready, and Be There” for such a time as this! He knew soldiers were needed to lead who are spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically READY themselves to share the Hope of Christ in emergencies large and small. (I Peter 3:15) Praise God, He kept our hand to the plow listening, watching, warning, and equipping Christians with a positive biblical pathway forward through ReadyChristianReadyChurch, and ReadyCity. And now, as always He is just in time to help the Church reset, according to Scripture, by becoming more “quickly responsive” in our times.

 
If you have not assessed your own level of readiness to respond - do so NOW! Here’s why:

1. Civil Unrest 


CEN National Safety Security Officer Darryl Walker, a seasoned law enforcement officer and former pastor warns:
 
“Due to increasing widespread pressure being experienced in the United States and around the globe in the financial, political, racial and religious arenas precipitated by COVID19 pandemic, we are seeing increasing civil disobedience. While most protests to date have been relatively peaceful following general social distancing guidelines, others are not like Minnesota, where local unrest is fueling national unrest.” 


When asked if our current national security situation is reminiscent of the 1960’s Darryl Walker said:
 
“Due to unresolved or lingering sensitive racial issues in the U.S., we may see civil unrest and disobedience grow in some areas of the country where there is perceived minority marginalization, disparity or disparagement especially in urban areas of the country not unlike the unrest experienced in the late 1960’s - only more widespread given the depth of financial uncertainty. We hope and pray we will not repeat those horrific de-stabilizing days where some disobeyed directives from authorities such as law enforcement, government officials or even corporate upline managers as defying these directives negatively will affect large numbers of Americans.”

Learn how to prepare personally in the event of civil unrest.

 
Download: Responding to Civil Unrest

2. Financial Crisis

In addition to the uncertainties and daily challenges revolving around the COVID19 virus and concerns of greater civil unrest, we also have a financial tsunami ashore which exceeds anything that we have experienced in our lifetime affecting everyone both here and abroad. CEN National Financial Officer Steve Marr, Christian Financial coach and experienced international business expert, warns: 
“The unemployment rate has already skyrocketed over 15%, sharply higher than the great recession of 2008/2009. Every day there are more notices of unemployment and the pressure is building on those who have been let go. Additionally, we’ve seen up to a 50% increase in homelessness with news reports of long lines at food banks, including in more affluent places. All of this creates an additional powder keg of potential financial problems in addition to COVID19, fueling civil unrest. We have no recourse other than to look at the presenting realities and seek God’s wisdom to navigate these troubled waters.”  

For an unvarnished comprehensive “Christian Financial Reality Check” on how to survive this current economic situation affecting your home finances, church budgets, ministry focus, and employment in the coming months go to: 
Download: Surviving the COVID19 Financial Tsunami. Pt. 1
2. Be Ready

Churches will need to become more “response-driven” to mobilize the body of Christ versus being “performance-driven” as many may never open a Youtube video, look for a sermon on Facebook or ask “Where is God in this?” without seeing a live caring face. 

 “As a result of these widespread economic challenges, racial tensions, and potential further political divides, being fueled across there may be potentially even more civil unrest in various areas of the country. The civil unrest may be very complex and extensive in some areas while uneventful in others. For example, civil unrest may also be very high leading up to or after the Presidential election in November, regardless which political party wins. Or, we may see unrest stir in sectors of our population which previously had not shown civil unrest in the past. Therefore, it is important to get ready NOW to be part of bringing Hope in the midst of chaos.” 
says Darryl Walker, CEN National Safety Security Officer. 

What should you, your church and your city do immediately?
ReadyChristian
ReadyChurch
ReadyCity
Responding to Civil Unrest 
Surviving the COVID19 Financial Tsunami 
CDC Guidelines for Reopening Faith Community
What the Faith Communities Need to Know about Reopening

 

3. Be There

In addition to confusing COVID19 protocols from state to state or within a state or region prohibiting regular assembly religious liberties have been challenged along with other freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Pastors are having to balance how to adhere to civil guidelines with the admonition to not forsake the faithful assembly. How should the Church “Be There” for those without Christ in these challenging days? 

 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
Romans 13:1-7

Pray

  • Pray for the truth to be revealed, for justice to be served timely, responsibly and orderly. 
  • Pray for Christians to have ears to listen, hearts stirred with compassion, and wise voices to share Hope when congregants and others grow impatient and upset if the church cannot help them in their financial struggles.
  • Pray for the churches to “reset” according to God’s plan for His Church for such a time as this with adequate security teams in place who keep close watch on increasing threats all while providing safe facilities.
  • Pray for Christians and churches who may find themselves in the middle or actually dealing with civil unrest and/or disobedience head on to have emergency plans in place both for any crisis. 

Care

  • Care for those who are hurting by sharing from your own resources as a ReadyChristian to demonstrate God’s love.
  • Care for your church by mobilizing teams who will support grocery shopping, especially the elderly, and for those who are still under strict shelter in place guidelines. 
  • Care for law enforcement and first responders in your city by offering words of encouragement, providing a meal for their family while they are away serving day and night putting their lives in peril, or by just calling to see if they are doing okay.

Share

  • Share the Gospel by dropping off a meal along with a devotional that speaks to the heart of peace in the midst of the storm.
  • Share the Gospel by riding along with a law enforcement officer as a trained chaplain. CEN has a “First Responder Ride-Along” Chaplaincy training, if you are interested: Contact US. 
  • Share the Hope you have in Christ by simply offering your “thanksgivings” out loud every day. For those who are listening...It will speak the loudest! I Thessalonians 5:18

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