As the COVID-19 pandemic continues Mike Kelsey of McLean Bible Church Montgomery County, Maryland sent out a devotion on March 20, 2020. This blog which writes about McLean Bible is preserving the devotion.
“Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.”
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 NIV
This blog has been writing about the issues going on with McLean Bible. It has documented how the church was theologically hijacked and the staff spiritually abused with many allegedly being forced to sign non-disclosure agreements in the process. Then you had the situation with Scott Woods. Scott Woods groomed teenagers in The Rock Ministry at the Tyson’s campus for planned sexual abuse. The story is an indicator of how the Southern Baptist Convention struggles with child sex abuse. You can find all those stories filed under McLean Bible. However, as the United States is dealing with a pandemic this blog has been writing about how evangelical churches have been reacting to the medical crisis. This blog has also been documenting how many churches have been responding to the crisis. The last time this blog wrote about Mike Kelsey it was in regards to how McLean Bible Montgomery County reacted to a state emergency being declared in Maryland. You can read more in, “How Mike Kelsey of McLean Bible Montgomery County Reacted to Maryland Declaring a State of Emergency Over COVID-19. Plus How Will Evangelicals React to the Coronavirus? Did Members From McLean Lead the Way in Rioting Over Toilet Paper?” As this blog writes heavily about McLean Bible I am preserving the communication to the best of my ability of what this church has been stating. On March 20, 2020 Mike Kelsey of McLean Bible Montgomery County sent out the following devotion to the congregation of Montgomery County,
Hey Church Family!
Is it just me or is this a crazy time?! The spread of COVID-19 has dramatically altered everything about our lives. It’s constantly on our minds. It’s always on our news channels and social media feeds. Bars, restaurants, and malls are closing. Grocery stores look like an apocalyptic movie scene. This past week has been crazy.
And yet, I’m so thankful that God is in control. That’s why I wanted to share this brief prayer from today’s Bible reading in Psalm 80:1. Asaph writes, “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.”
I love that prayer. First of all, it reminds us that God hears us when we pray. Secondly, it reminds us that He is your shepherd, the One leading you today. But He is also our shepherd as a church family. Even though we’re all scattered and unable to gather together in person, God is still leading us as a church in so many ways. And lastly, God is sitting on the throne. He is reigning over all of the craziness and chaos and He will demonstrate His power and accomplish His purposes in the midst of all of this. He is the King. He is our Shepherd. And guess what…He hears and responds to us when we call out to Him! Not because we deserve it. (You see that very clearly in the rest of the psalm). But He hears us and responds to us because He is gracious and remember His promises. Praise God for that!
– Pastor Mike