The end of freedom?

Mar 25, 2020 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

Last night the Prime Minister placed the UK in lockdown to help abate the spread of coronavirus. You should be staying at home unless you must travel for essential work, food shopping, exercise (including dog-walking) or medical needs. Life has been paused, except for the men and women of the NHS and other key workers. The police are empowered to issue fines for public gatherings of more than two people, and the army is on standby.

But our bones are not dried up, and our hope is not lost, for we are not cut off completely (cf Ezek 37:11). Not only is our freedom in Christ, but our hope keeps us joyful, and Microsoft keeps us in touch (along with Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon).

Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live… (vv12-14).

There is no doubt that something has changed and something is changing. Normality has been dealt a severe blow, and our senses are shocked. It feels like we are living in a dystopian film, and soon we shall be summarily pursued, arrested, tortured and killed by forces of evil beyond our control. We are lost, bewildered and bereft. All Church services are banned: there will be no Good Friday services of meditation on the last words of Christ; and no joyous Easter Eucharist. The Prince of the power of the air is cackling that the gates of hell have finally prevailed.

So what is God saying?

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